Monday, April 18, 2011

Politics is much more fun south of the border

As I was reading Dan Drezner's attempt at taking the front runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination Donald Trump (of the Apprentice fame) a short while ago, I was struck by the sheer absurdity of American (in case you didn't figure it out by now) politics. And as a Canadian, I was jealous! For all the non-canucks (FYI Canuck= Canadian slang for the word Canadian) out there, let me put this into context. We Canadians are preparing to cast our ballots on May 2nd to vote in a new government (hopefully not another conservative minority or even worse a conservative majority), and are therefore being bombarded daily by radio and TV ads, facebook notifications and tweets (check out #elxn41 #cdnpoli) impressing on us to vote for this party or that. Yet, despite the election fever there is nothing going on in Canadian politics right now which is vaguely as impressive as the GOP presidential nomination race. Nothing!

This is definitely a good thing. Showmanship and politics should not go together, especially given the far reaching impacts of the legislative process. Still the inner child in me keeps wanting more excitement, at least in this election campaign. This is not to say that I am disenfranchised with the Canadian political system. I do plan on participating in the democratic process on May 2nd. But sometimes I feel that the political grass is indeed greener on the other side.

On second thought, it's better if the crazies remained on the other side.

P.S. Canada explained. For all the non-Canucks out there.

If you're young (18-24), Canadian and interested in screwing with the establishment, then vote on May 2nd (personally I would go for the Marijuana party, just think of how much money our economy would make). Rick Mercer explains why: