April 7th 2014, Meh

April 7th 2014, Meh

Quebec elections 2014 – have you had enough of it yet?

I’ve just finished watching the Québec Débat des chefs (Québec provincial leaders’ debate) and the only thing that I’m certain of is that no one actually graduates from kindergarten.

The party leaders from the four main parties squared off against one another for two whole hours.

The thing is, there’s a full to bulging stable of other provincial political parties out there jockeying for position, not to mention the large number of independent candidates in each individual riding.

Come April 7th, 2014 when it’s time for you to mark your X in the box, the list of horses in the race who would like you to bet on them is as follows:

Bloc Pot, Coalition avenir Québec, Équipe autonomiste, Mon pays le Québec, Nouveau Pari démocratique du Québec, Option nationale, Parti conservateur du Québec, Parti des sans parti, Parti équitable, Parti indépendantiste, Parti libéral du Québec, Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec, Parti nul, Parti québécois, Parti vert du Québec, Québec – Révolution démocratique, Québec solidaire, Union citoyenne du Québec.
(according to the website of Le Dirécteur général des élections du Québec).

Choices, choices – but who to vote for?

What if, like many people, you simply just don’t know who to vote for or actually, you’d rather vote for none of them.

Parti_nulThere is a party discreetly nestled in the list above that might be able to help alleviate the mental strain when it comes to the tough decision.

I’m talking about Parti nul.

For years if you had no wish to vote, did not wish to vote for anyone in particular, or went to a polling booth and spoiled your paper then this was counted as a ‘no show.’ Or rather not counted in the election turnout at all.

If you took the time to bother to visit a polling booth and spoil your paper (probably intentionally and therefore meaning that you had no confidence in any of the choices on offer) then this action would not be recognised.
At all.

Parti nul (created in 2009) spotted this and came into being in order to right a wrong.

So today, if you have no wish to vote for any of those standing in your riding, but do want your voice heard (as is your democratic right) then you can.

April 7th will be here before you know it. Play nicely kids – the future of Quebec depends on it.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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