It is astounding how low voter turnout is for Kamloops elections, with the exception of those at the federal level.
It is estimated turnout in Kamloops-North Thompson in the Oct. 24 provincial election was 40 per cent, pending counting of all mail-in ballots. In the 2018 municipal election, it was even lower, at 30 per cent.
It is not as though we have a perfect city or province. Looking at letters to the editor and comments online, scores of people complain about highways, health care, public schools, infrastructure projects and so on. But then, with the one opportunity they get to fix things, they throw it away.
As someone who is not a Canadian citizen and cannot vote, I have no say in who represents me or how my taxes are spent.
I would give an arm and a leg for that privilege, but get frustrated when the majority of my fellow Kamloops citizens could not spend 15 minutes going through party platforms to make an informed decision. It is even more discouraging given people had the option of mailing in ballots or voting in advance.
As former U.S. president Barack Obama said: “Democracy is an everyday struggle.”
It is a garden you have to nurture. It not a self-executing thing. You can’t take it for granted, for it is too precious to do so.