“Low Voter Turnout” “58%”, update: “59.1%”

October 15, 2008
Dear Member of Parliament for * *, *
“Conservatives do better with a high voter turnout”. – the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
I was curious about this mysterious and unexplained phenomena of “low voter turnout” in Canadian elections. I checked with the governments official statistics web page and looked for any record of voter turnouts during national elections.
Seems there is some and there really is no such “phenomena” or any “mystery” that points to any kind of “declining voter turnout” since confederation and the election of the first prime minister in 1867.
Other than what I would guess to be an expected decline due to having so many elections consecutively over such a short period of time which could likely leave some people feeling they would rather stay home, I would be one of those people but this year I forced myself.
There is some decline showing in the record of voters going to the polls but only over the last five years and that should be very obvious that this is not a trend.
We do not need this kind of rhetoric being promoted by the government on to the citizens of this country.
Canadians need to be told the truth, there is no real “decline in voter turnout” and contrary to the opinions of our governments and since the confederation of this country in 1867.
Sincerely Yours,
*, Ontario, Canada

Update: 1891-1898 only about 54% averaged, of Canadians bothered to vote. Don’t our elected professionals have access to this kind of data, poor things, they must need another pay raise.

O look they even held a referendum in 1898 , only 44% bothered to turnout. Surely a crises in democracy must have ensued.

I’ve heard the other “leaders” in Canada’s government telling us this same rhetoric.


October 15, 2008 - Posted by | Canadian Politics, Miscellaneous | , , ,


  1. How many different choices are there for Queen? How many different possible outcomes, for who is Queen after voting day, do elections involve?

    The executive authority of and over Canada is vested in the Queen.

    Is the act of voting considered to be giving voluntary implied consent to the idea that Elizabeth II is Queen?

    Comment by David Wozney | October 16, 2008

  2. Elizabeth II is the Queen, so I don’t really know what you mean or what that has to do with the lie of “Low voter turnout”.
    Next time you get the spam can.

    Comment by Blanks57 | October 16, 2008

  3. Elizabeth the Second is not Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, contrary to the requirement in this Fifth Schedule, which states:

    Oath of Allegiance
    I A.B. do swear, That I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
    Note. The Name of the King or Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for the Time being is to be substituted from Time to Time, with proper Terms of Reference thereto.”.

    Comment by David Wozney | October 16, 2008

  4. Sorry, that wouldn’t matter in law but still don’t know what this has to do with the lie of “Low Voter Turnout” being promoted by our elected officials, the MSM and even many bloggers?
    Maybe you meant your comment to be at another post?
    I’ll leave your comment this time because I’m interested in the subject.
    Next time put it at the right post please!

    Comment by Blanks57 | October 16, 2008

  5. The real reason for the slightly lower number of voters this past election is because of Danny Millions ABC campaign in Newfoundland (and ABC was also advertised a few times across Canada). The turnout there was 44% in NL and can directly be attributed to hi Anything But Conservative ABC campaign. No where have I read any comments about the low level of voting in NL being at this low ebb. Hell no it is easier to talk about STV STB or MMP or some other new voting scheme to facilitate fringe groups getting into Parliament.

    Comment by John | November 8, 2008

  6. Exactly and hadn’t thought about the low turnout in NL, that would explain allot plus allot of Liberals didn’t bother going to the polls in the rest of the country.

    Comment by Blanks57 | November 10, 2008

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