“Perry Bellegarde says he will vote in federal election after all”

From the CBC website, a story about whether Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will vote in the upcoming federal election: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-bellegarde-voting-first-nations-1.3220841

Bellegarde had previously said that he would not vote in order to remain “non-partisan”.

Being non-partisan doesn’t mean that you can’t vote. It just means that you don’t publicly support or oppose a particular political party or candidate.

People come up with all sorts of justifications and excuses for why they don’t vote, but saying that you don’t vote because you are non-partisan doesn’t make sense.

So kudos to Mr. Bellegarde for announcing that he will be voting. As a community leader he should encourage people to take part in the democratic process. That doesn’t mean he has to encourage people to become partisans, but at least he should encourage people to vote.

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