Canada Now’s Jeff Sammut: Pay attention, voters


US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017.

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Note: this is not a lecture. It’s as much a note to self as it is a message to anyone reading this.

Too often in just a few weeks of hosting “Canada Now” (10am ET Mon-Fri on Canada Talks Channel 167), I’ve had conversations with people (both on-air and off…some were “experts” too) who have been blinded by their attraction to a political figure from seeing the actual facts. This has happened to all of us.

What I love about being Canadian is that while many of us might be loyal to a party, we haven’t pledged our lives to any one of them. If you have voted for a particular party over the last number of years but their message has changed, or the party is being lead in what you believe to be the wrong direction by a new leader, you would consider changing your vote. I’ve done that.  Actually, I’ve done that a few times.

We cannot dismiss or overlook wrong-doing because you like what you’ve heard in the past. Continue to evaluate and make those in power true to their promises. Canadians, you might like the hope you got from voting Justin Trudeau as your Prime Minister but make sure he delivers. Conservatives, do your homework on who you want as your party of choice’s leader. Don’t just follow blindly.  NDP loyalists, does Thomas Mulclair have your best interests in heart or is he just saying and doing what he can to sway liberals his way? Americans, you might be a Trump supporter but don’t dismiss his ties to Russia or brush off his Counselor endorsing his daughter’s merchandise as an innocent comment. You might be a democrat but see how the party gets off the mat and how they respond. If you think the world is going to hell because Trump is President, see what your Democrats have to offer and if it’s not good enough, challenge that. Ask questions, look for answers.

This is not the time to be passive and dismissive. We can’t go on faith alone. We cannot trust a news outlet at face value. Let’s make our opinions educated ones and not let anyone running any party try to pull the wool over our eyes, no matter how much of a fan you might have been. Let’s have open and honest conversations about who’s right and who’s wrong. This is politics baby and like it or not, we’re all in this now.

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