Unfortunately talking about politics sometimes upsets me. The reason for this is because it upsets me how few people know about politics. Canadian citizens have the right to vote, and are the deciding the future success of this country. However, Canadians are not all voting, and its safe to say not all Canadians have an in-depth understanding of the parties and what they are representing. I am thankful to being in a class that has so many discussions about these kinds of topics so I can know my stuff and make inform decisions. Socials has been a roller coaster of information. From being to pre-confederation Canada, to having discussions on our modern federal parties, there is no way to tell how a socials class will end. The second half of socials however, has really stuck with me. Politics is something I’ve always been curious about, and my knowledge on the topic was very basic. I knew the parties, the leaders, and what their goal was. But being in this socials class, I’ve learned so much more, from how the system of government has changed over time, to finding the values of the political parties. With the election drawing near, I can understand why there has been so many ads about the parties, and why every single party is trying to win those last minute votes.
I honestly can’t see how the election turns out. My father and I always have discussions about who is most likely to win. But this year, it’s challenging to chose a winner. The NDP is starting to become popular, recently gaining more seat in Alberta, which was thought to be a Conservative province. I think it’s going to be a close election with a surprising turnout.
But back to socials, there is a lot of things about politics I feel strong about. It’s difficult to chose one political narrative, but the narrative I feel speaks to me most is the identity of Canada. Any party leader can make new taxes, create jobs, and provide for families; however, not every leader can create a quality identity. Throughout history, Canadians have proved themselves to be a strong, hardworking, and independent nation to the rest of the world, and I want a party who will keep this image of Canada the same or even better. And the party I think will best present this narrative is the Liberal Party of Canada.
The reason I chose the Liberal party is because of my values. I would classify myself more of a left wing person, and believe in common ideas such as equality, fairness, and justice. Perhaps its from the influences of my father, or maybe the way I was born, but something about a fair world speaks to me. After doing many research about the parties, I discovered that the Liberals are the best party to represent my thoughts and ideas. I respect their past leaders, especially Pierre Trudeau for the contributions he has made to this country. Imagine a world without the Human Charter of Right. How would you like to live in a country like that? I believe that Justin Trudeau will carry on his father’s legacy and create a more equal Canada. Although it might not be what I want to see exactly, I have faith that he will do his job well. The Liberal party has been known to be a left-winged party (hence the liberal part) and I support them for building a more friendly nation.
That’s not to say that I will be a Liberal for the rest of my life. Mostly based on the history of the party, Liberals really spoke to me. But parties might change, and prove themselves to have better intentions. The NDP is still a new party, and could have values that will attract to me in 10 years. Politics change, and so does prospective and opinions. Although Liberals are representing me now, only time will tell what I grow up to be. Again, I’m only a teenage boy in distress.