Letters to the Editor

Apathy threatens democracy

The two biggest problems with politics in our country are apathy and ignorance. And when you ask the average person which problem is worse, they will tell you that they don’t know and they don’t care.

It is now in fashion to be disinterested in politics. The word politics is frequently used negatively in our language.

People for the most part do not follow politics in this country. However, the political issues at stake in this election will affect us all profoundly.

It is ironic that we are sending troops to fight in other countries to allow them to have democracy, while our own democracy is neglected.

We are verging on a breakdown of our democratic process in Canada and it is fuelled by widespread public apathy.

As we pay less and less attention to our democracy, there is less negotiation and reasoned debate in government and consequently our own government is acting more and more like a dictatorship.

It is time for Canadians to wake up and take responsibility for their democracy.

 

Dave Carter

Castlegar

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