Why I will be voting this October 14th

While it's not 100% decided yet, I'm fairly certain in under one year, I will be residing outside of Canada for an extended period of time for work.
Let me put it simply: I'm leaving the country.

Why, though? Everyone who knows me knows that I love Canada and the role my country plays in making our world a better place. There's no other passport in the world I would rather hold.

Well, there are a multitude of reasons why I am making the choice to leave for work.
For one, the number of opportunities in my field is incredibly limited in Canada. Yes, there are many jobs in "high tech" centers like Waterloo or in Toronto's financial district, but most of the companies or work seem relatively uninteresting to me.
However, more importantly, I feel that our previous governments have made it incredibly difficult for companies to establish themselves in Canada (branch offices of foreign companies, new companies, etc) by either taxing them to death or putting in place laws to protect the interests of monopolies simply because they're Canadian.

So then why am I voting in this next federal election?
First and foremost, it is not only my right as a citizen of Canada to vote, but I believe it to be my (and every other citizen's) civic duty to voice their opinions on who they want at the helm of their nation. The result of apathy among voters is an unfair government and a poorly performing country.
Second, I want things to change. I want the next government to make me and other skilled Canadian workers want to come back home and work in Canada. There is a very clear trend by many in the high tech industry to emigrate to the United States and Asia, where there are plenty more high paying jobs.

Hopefully, under the right leadership, Canada will grow to become a technological powerhouse in the coming years.


Tony said...

I feel like Canada has instead been moving in the direction of becoming a oil economy :-(

Anonymous said...

*sniff* Well, if you do leave, make sure you visit before you go. Dude, it's been almost half a year since I've seen you... weird..

Fugu Tabetai said...

I actually just voted today in the US Presidential Election (assuming the line at the Shibuya post office isn't too long to get the thing mailed.)

I feel the same way about America - I don't support our current leader, but I like the government system that (incomprehensibly) voted him in. I hope it can redeem itself by voting in some smarter leadership in the upcoming election.

On another note: man, it is so much easier to vote as an ex-patriot than it is when I am in-country. It is pretty nice actually.