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Post by Kaere on Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:24 pm

I voted because I have the right to vote. Many women struggled and fought hard to earn me that right, and it's important to me.

Do I think changes are coming? I don't know *shrugs* things change all the time, nothing stays the same.

Let's ask another Canadian. Solace, what do you think?
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:33 pm

@Kaere wrote:You voted, Rockhopper? I wouldn't have thought you'd be eligible scratch long term expats do not have the right to vote. I'm a bit confused...


I re-newed my citizenship recently Ka. That's why I can. Always kept my Canadian Citizenship up-to-date.

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Post by Stargate on Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:06 pm

I did not understand that Tim. If you are a Canadian citizen, why do you have to keep your Canadian citizenship up to date? Does that not mean you have a Canadian passport?

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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:27 pm

I have to go to Canada at least once every ten years Star. In 2008 I visited my younger daughter in Vancouver so that allows me to keep my citizenship up to date. Yep I have a Canadian Passport (along with a UK one and A Russian Passport too.) I also have a Canadian Drivers licence and a Russian one too. I often have some fun with the Road Cops here, on the rare times I get pulled over I show them my Russian DL and say, "No speeky Eeenglish!" Causes some consternation amongst them!

Couldn't do that in the US I'd get shot!

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Post by Kaere on Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:49 pm

It's every five years you have to come back in order to vote, Rockhopper, and I'm pretty sure you have to have intentions to return to the country. It's been that way since 1993...

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/long-term-canadian-expats-cant-vote-in-federal-elections-appeal-court-rules

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/10/05/convicts-among-canadian-voters-to-whom-special-rules-apply.html

It's been a really hot topic in Canada for this election, all over the news, which is why... I'm a little confused.

I didn't know you could have a DL if you're not a resident of one of our Provinces. You must do a lot of traveling to keep your details up to date as you have to renew those in person, I'd like to have your airmiles Razz
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:37 pm

You can have 'em Ka, I don't need them now.

Yep, the rules have changed recently, I managed to scrape through this time but won't be able to again unless I qualify for the 5 year rule. My DL is issued by Ontario.

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Post by Solace on Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:51 pm

@Kaere wrote:I voted because I have the right to vote. Many women struggled and fought hard to earn me that right, and it's important to me.

Do I think changes are coming? I don't know *shrugs* things change all the time, nothing stays the same.

Let's ask another Canadian. Solace, what do you think?

I believe a lot of people are waking up and want to change things for the better. I desperately want to see more protection over the environment. I believe in putting our money into health care, education, and environmental causes. This isn't an easy objective for any of the political parties, but it is the change that i want to see and the direction i am heading when i vote.
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Post by Rogue on Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:54 am


Todays the day, good luck girls!! Wink
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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:55 am

Ta! I'm looking forward to seeing what the voter turnout is like Smile
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Post by Solace on Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:48 am

Thanks Rogue! *fingers crossed* Wink
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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:16 am

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Post by Solace on Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:34 am

(i was just about to log out when i saw this, but gotta run, i do intend to watch this when i return! Wink Smile
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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:52 am

I just read that this will be the first year there won't be a results blackout... I guess social media made it too difficult to keep the results under wraps until the last polling station closed on the west coast.
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Post by Stargate on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:02 am

@Kaere wrote:I just read that this will be the first year there won't be a results blackout... I guess social media made it too difficult to keep the results under wraps until the last polling station closed on the west coast.
Was there a purpose in blocking the results?

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Post by Rogue on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:11 am


Is that because the polling booths are still open on one coast when the other coast closed several hours earlier? Thats what happens here, but they don't block the results.

Btw, the video above doesn't appear to work?
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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:31 am

That's exactly it, Rogue. It was to prevent the west from voting based on numbers coming out of the east. If one party was winning in the east, it was thought it might influence voting elsewhere.

Can I just say that I love that there is no campaigning allowed on election day? *phew* it's a relief.

Will look for another version of the video Smile
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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:39 pm

Again we live in interesting times!

Found out why I can still vote Ka. I have investments in Canada and I pay tax on them. But I must return and stay for at least 30 days in Canada or it's territories once every 5 years. So I can vote as long as I fit that bill.

Good article on Stevie here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html

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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:48 pm

The Liberals have won a majority, the Conservatives are now the Official Opposition. Eastern Canada being mostly Red and Western Canada mostly Blue.

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Post by Stargate on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:52 pm

On what topic was the main thrust of the liberals champagne.?

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Post by Kaere on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:59 pm

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