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DEMOCRACY: a form of government where many people share political power, the citizens rule.
Who Can Vote? Canadians citizens who are at least 18 & have lived in Canada for 12 months before the election date ... BUT it wasn’t always this way
Who Couldn’t Vote in the Past? • In the early 1800’s Women, first nations people, Chinese people, immigrants, and refugees could not vote in Canada
Henry Jones I promise to provide pop in the water fountains and longer recesses.
Susy Barr Promises no homework and lazy boy chairs in every classroom
Jordan Heffernan Promises more field trips and will put in a candy buffet outside the main gym
Please fill out your voting ballot If you do not have a voting ballot on the back of your role card, then you do not have the right to vote
Who Can’t Vote in Present Times? officials in charge of elections, judges appointed by the federal government, people in jails, and those who have been found guilty of illegal election activities
Why is Voting Important? A lot of people complain about the government, yet they don’t vote. Voting is so important to change the way our country is run. Our votes choose the people who represent us and these people decide how our money is spent. These representatives make promises and if these promises are not fulfilled they will likely not be re-elected. Every vote counts and every vote matters!
Different Types of Government • Municipal - a government that runs a city, town, village, county or region • - In charge of local matters like the swimming pool, parks, garbage disposal, sewage, police and fire departments, ice rinks, and libraries • - The person in charge is called the Mayor • Provincial – a government that is only allowed to make decisions based on that province. • In charge of hospitals, schools, and electricity • The person in charge is called the Premier • Federal – in charge of things that cross from one province or territory into another. • In charge of things like airlines, banks, armies, and broadcasting • The Person in charge is called the Prime Minister
Taking a Look at Countries that are NOT Run by a Democratic Government • China, North Korea, Vietnam, Fiji, and Cuba are all examples of places that are not run by a democratic government • Cuba, for example, is a communist country. In Cuba everyone makes the same amount of money no matter what job they have and business are not owned by people rather they are owned by the state. In Cuba the people do not run their country, like we do in Canada. Therefore, they have no voice or power in decision making.
Provincial Election – November 7th, 2011 Sask Party – promote small businesses. They promise to hire 10 additional police officers if re-elected . They want to lower taxes, but at the same time hire more doctors and fix roads. NDP – want to provide more job opportunities by bringing back more employment development programs that the Sask Party took away. They want to raise wages and make better work hours. They’re for unions, so people like teachers usually would vote for them. Liberals Green Party (only running in select ridings) – promote the earth and conserving Estevan - Sigfredo Gonzalez is running, but in Meadow Lake no one is running so you can’t vote for Green Party .