EDITORIAL: This is our election

It is up to the voting public to identify the issues in the upcoming federal election

The upcoming federal election on Oct. 21 is an opportunity for Canadian voters to choose which candidates they want to represent them in Ottawa.

This is our election. It is our opportunity to choose our government

In the days and weeks leading up to the election, Canada’s political parties and numerous special interest groups are working to set the priorities and determine the issues in this election.

Some are presenting platforms. Others are addressing the past performances of leaders or candidates. And some are presenting topics they believe should be at the forefront of voters’ minds on election day.

READ ALSO: Central Okanagan candidates speak about seniors issues OAS, CPP

READ ALSO: Major parties rallying around telecom pricing issue as election nears

The result is a lot of information for voters.

Comparing the options available and selecting the best choice can be a daunting task.

But it is not up to parties or special interest groups to determine the priorities or issues. It is up to the voters.

This is our election.

It is a time to identify what is important to us, and which candidate is best able to address our concerns.

Some of the concerns may be large-scale items such as an approach to immigration, a strategy on international trade, economic policies, a party’s stance on abortion, the SNC-Lavalin affair or similar issues.

At the same time, there are also local concerns to address, such as how a candidate would, if elected, ensure the specific needs of the riding are addressed.

In the end, this election must be about what the voters want and how the candidates and parties will respond to these wishes.

If there is a topic of concern to you, discuss it with the candidates and listen to what they have to say.

Consider their party’s past voting record or policy statements.

And then cast your vote, based on the factors that are important to you.

This is our election. We determine the issues.

— Black Press

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP volunteers sought for Vernon, Lumby

Core classroom training set to begin this spring

$55K consultation fees for Vernon to dump effluent in lake

Savings from pumping reclaimed water to reservoir to cover costs

Stinky situation for some in Vernon

Unexpected issue disrupted Thursday’s garbage service, Saturday pickup scheduled

Armstrong Kin Club celebrates 100

All-Canadian service club gives back to communities from coast to coast

Vernon firefighters respond to car fire

No smoke or visible flames seen in Bella Vista Road incident

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Gas drops below a dollar per litre in Penticton

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Pawsative Pups: You have a new puppy, now what?

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

Sewer service planned for South Okanagan community of Kaleden

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen plans to extend Okanagan Falls system into Kaleden

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Mitchell’s Musings: Modern language is a work in progress

Communication requires more critical thinking from listeners

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Most Read