On Tuesday May 13, 2014 Elections Canada changed the rules for Canadians living abroad: Now, Canadian citizens aged 18 or older who reside abroad may apply to be added to the International Register of Electors and to vote by mail-in special ballot in federal general elections, by-elections and referendums, provided they have at some point resided in Canada.
Voting may not be important for most (although it should be, some countries in the world still fight for the right to vote, don’t get me started!) but for a person like me who follows Canadian politics closely and has been cringing at every single Harper (a.k.a. Mini George Bush) conservative policies, it’s been missing from my life since 1995. That’s right, the last time I voted in Canada was in 1995. Sacré Bleu! When I found out about the change in the rules I signed Peter and I up immediately. Very easy, all you need is your last address in Canada.
I encourage all my fellow Canadians that are non conservative supporters and wish to see Harper’s ruling come to an end, to register immediately at http://www.elections.ca or go to your local embassy and fill out the paperwork.
I now wait with anticipation for Mr. Harper to call the next federal elections and for myself to vote any color of the rainbow except BLUE!