a long and gruelling campaign, and an even longer election day but
finally the votes are in, the results have been counted and the new
President of the United States of America is Barrack Obama!!!!!
are like me, you have been following this American election pretty
closely. It’s history in the making. But now that the election is
over, I am wondering why? Why is the American election so interesting
to Canadians? Ask any Canadian who Barrack Obama or Sarah Palin or
Hilary Clinton is and you will get a correct answer. But how many of
them can tell who Jack Layton is, or Michelle Jean? The fact is
Canadians know less about Canadian politics and more about the
what is it about our neighbours to the south that attracts us? What
makes us interested in their election and not ours? Let’s take a
closer look between Canadian and American politics. The Canadian ones
are certainly a lot cleaner. Despite Stephen Harper and the
Conservatives campaign against Stéphane Dion in what was perhaps one
of the dirtiest campaigns in Canadian history, Canadian politics are
in general tame compared to the American ones. So does this mean that
Canadians, who are famous for being excessively polite, simply enjoy
watching a mud-slinging election campaign where the candidates
bad-mouth each other?
could be just that American politics are simply more publicized. The
entire campaign of ’08 has been front page in the news since it began.
There was a Canadian election during the U.S. one too. How many
Americans know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister? That
definitely does not make the front page in America. Even the
entertainment news was about presidential candidates. There are
Hollywood stars endorsing and lending their support to candidates.
Everyone knows that Oprah Winfrey supports Barrack Obama. That
definitely affects how the public views the election. Obviously people
are going to be interested in the election that celebrities are
Canadians take an interest in American politics because we know they
affect us. Due to our close proximity to the U.S. our economy is tied
to theirs. The U.S. is our largest trading partner. The result of the
American election will undoubtedly affect Canada as well. But if this
is the case, then shouldn’t Canadians care about the results of
Canadian elections as well? After all that affects Canada as well.
recent Canadian election had the lowest voter turnout ever. Clearly,
Canadians either did not care about the results of their election, or
they simply weren’t paying enough attention to the campaign to make a
decision about who to vote for. The American election on the other
hand had one of the largest voter turnouts ever. Maybe the real reason
for the huge interest in the American election is simply because it
really is history in the making. Barrack Obama is now the first
African-American President of America. People want to be a part of
this historic moment. They want to do their part and they want to
perhaps one of the reasons for the low voter turnout in Canada was
because of the general futility of our election, especially when
compared to the American one. There was nothing new in the campaigns,
nothing to capture the public interest, nothing that said anything
would change. On the other hand the American election was all about
change. The word ‘Change’ was part of Obama’s campaign slogan. He
promised America change, a new reformed country. And after eight years
of a Bush government, Americans were more than ready for change. So
it’s no surprise they all turned up at the polls, ready to cast their
vote and see the change.
recent survey by the Toronto Sun, 64% of Canadians said that they
thought the American presidential election was more interesting than
the recent Canadian one. The victory celebrations held across Canada
when Obama was declared President was pretty much a shout out to
Canadian politicians that Canadians listen to election talk, they just
don’t like what’s being said on the Canadian side of the border.
Canadians found this American election far more interesting than
their own, for whatever reason. There was even a group in Vancouver
calling itself ‘Canadians for Obama.’ Canadians do expect the changes
from Obama’s victory to reach
and they expect that our next election will hopefully reflect that.
only politicians could take a hint.