Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Idle No More Will Fail Unless Votes Follow

Idle No More will fail, not because aboriginals don’t matter, but because they don’t vote.

Elections Canada has tracked federal voter turnout on First Nations Reserves since the 2004 general election, and over that time period aboriginal turnout was on average 28% less than that of all Canadians.

Accounting for the growth in the aboriginal population, that lower turnout could have meant the loss of 200,000 to 300,000 votes in each election, which would have dramatically affected not just the outcomes, but how subsequent politicians and parties competed for aboriginal support.

Imagine instead of going hungry for the chance that the Prime Minister will meet aboriginals, they vote at the next ballot box and guarantee the next one will.

Unless this fledgling movement begins to address the dangerous apathy among aboriginals, evident in their low voter turnout, then chiefs like Theresa Spence don’t need to worry, aboriginals won’t be idle anymore, they’ll be completely stalled.

If the people of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit have chosen to be idle no more, like a engine they are left with two choices, change gears or turn off the car. To move the aboriginal cause forward with all cylinders the only option is to do something a majority haven’t done before and that's vote.

This is not a white man attempting to deflate the movement's tires, this is someone who is completely behind it, giving a push.


The Mound of Sound said...

Scott, you do love to pontificate. Read this. It will give you a chance to put Idle No More in context with overall Canadian unrest with their government.

This is genuine unrest, Scott. As a people, a solid majority of Canadians embrace street protest movements very much akin to Idle No More. We've had it with our government and our Parliament. That includes the Libs and NDP.

This has never happened in Canadian history but it's reality now. said...

Mound, thank you for the link but I'm not sure what you are arguing. I agree Canadians embrace street protest, but what are you suggesting that accomplishes?

"This has never happened in Canadian history but it's reality now." seems to be just inherently true but doesn't appear to argue anything.

Can you explain what point you are contesting?