Canadian elections and voter stress

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 18th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Our federal election is tomorrow Oct 19, 2012. It will be a tight race. This election is causing voter stress because many people just do not know who to vote for.

The political parties are similar

According to Karl Nerenberg reporting for, the Liberal Party and the NDP are similar in focus and this makes it very difficult to choose a party in the October 19, 2015 federal election. It is a difficult choice for those of us who do not want to vote for Stephen Harper and his conservatives.

Hard time making a choice

Nerenberg states that both the Liberal Party and the NDP seem to agree on much more than they disagree on. I am having a hard time making a choice.

Similarity between the Liberal Party of Canada and the NDP

Karl Nerenberg comments about how Justin Trudeau of the Liberal party is very emotive but has not made a strong argument about why voting for the Liberal Party would be especially good for Quebec. I am passionate about not wanting the conservative party to get in but I am very concerned and worried about making the right choice between the Liberal Party and the NDP.

Stress and worry over voting

The stress of making the right choice

According to WebMd voting and expressing the right to be counted is good for your mental health. Psychologist Marc Zimmerman says that knowing your vote counts and that it can benefit yourself and the country at large gives individuals a sense of empowerment. However, not knowing who to vote for may have some negative effects such as stress and anxiety.

According to, stress and worry over who to vote for and the impact your choice will make is not limited to Canada and the United States, the web sites quotes, “I’m worried about who to vote for,” said Mohamed, a 31-year-old barber in Cairo. “If I choose wrong, I could be giving my vote to a fool or a fanatic. That’s not the legacy I want to leave for my children.”

Michal Ann Strahilevitz Ph.D stated in an article written for “Psychology Today,”that another kind of voting stress is that many people are more concerned with the wrong party or person getting in. They are more passionate about keeping the person or party out. I feel the same way. As a result, the choice I make will not only impact upon my life but will impact on her province and her country.

Canadians are still undecided

The election coverage on local and national news still indicate that Canadians are undecided. However, in Quebec the decision will be between the NDP or Liberals. Historically conservatives have never made headway in Quebec.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
19th Oct 2015 (#)

Is Justin Trudeau related to Pierre Trudeau the former Prime Minister of Canada!

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Oct 2015 (#)

yes Justin is Pierre Trudeau's oldest son

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author avatar Retired
21st Oct 2015 (#)

One thing I noticed about the recent Canadian election is that the Liberal Party victory was announced even before the polls had closed in British Columbia. This doesn't seem fair. It could influence how people vote. If they hear one party is doing well, they might want to vote for that party so they can identify with a winner.

We have a similar situation in the United States. Winners are declared and the whole West Coast hasn't finished voting yet. The solution, I think, is to have a universal closing time for all polls, and no announcement of any results until all the polls have closed.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Oct 2015 (#)

yes I agree with you. But it is assumed by election day people know who they are voting for.

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