The feature is called Ink Blog, and I'm part of a rotating group of writers who share their thoughts on the op-ed page. We write about whatever hits us, and about whatever we think will hit readers.
Canada voted on Monday. This first column - the pieces publish from Tuesday to Saturday, inclusive, with deadlines for each set for the day before publication - presented a bit of a logistical challenge.
Essentially, I had to write before the election, but it was going to be published after the results were known. I could have taken the easy way out - namely, by picking a non-election topic - but that would have been a cop-out.
So as I have done so many times before, I found my answer within my family. Our kids really are remarkable people.
Our kids represent political futureYour turn: It's so easy to become jaded. With that in mind, how do you get your kids excited about politics and democracy?
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The London Free Press
My 11-year-old son’s eyes shone an unblinking blue as he asked me who deserved my vote. “What makes one party better than another?”
My wife and I pondered his question carefully as we deliberated our eventual choice.
He’s only seven years away from casting his first ballot, but we were delighted to see him diving head-first into the political game.
Doing our best to hide any of our political biases, we explained the major differences between each party. We discussed recent history, and why elections get called in the first place. He’s learning about government in school, but it seemed to matter more to him that his parents shared their own experiences with him.
In the end, the relative merits of one party over another mattered less than the fact that a boy who can’t yet vote took the time to learn why this matters.To the embarrassing percentage of citizens who failed to vote last night, my son would be only too happy to have the chance to shape his world.