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Canadian Citizenship and the Right to Vote

Canadian Citizenship and the Right to VoteSometimes, people in the modern world can take the issue of voting a little too lightly, forgetting that for thousands of years, most people struggled to find adequate representation in their home countries –or to find any representation at all. Voting has long been an issue for people across a wide variety of countries and belief systems. In many parts of the world, people without the ownership of certain amounts of property have traditionally been prohibited from voting, while others have struggled with the concept of allowing people from different ethnic backgrounds to take part in voting. In some areas, women have faced great challenges in earning the right to vote, and in others, people of different professions have found themselves unable to make a difference at the ballot box. In the modern world, thankfully, a great number of countries have adopted sensible voting policies that aim to extend choices to as many people as possible. Canada enjoys a particularly relaxed and open voting policy, one that has helped to create a nation that is well-representative of its people and their beliefs and ideals. Of course, citizenship is a necessary part of enjoying the right to vote in Canada, and this right is one of the most compelling reasons for seeking citizenship in the country.

Immigrants may not initially feel the need or the desire to participate in voting, but after a certain period of time, they’re sure to encounter issues either in the workplace or in social life that seem to call for different policies or ideas. Without the benefit of citizenship, immigrants are unable to take part in the practice of voting, preventing them from adding their thoughts and opinions to the pace and quality of life in Canada. Through applying for citizenship and going through the many necessary steps to become a Canadian, immigrants can enjoy a great number of benefits, and the ability to vote may be one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling benefits to be savored as a citizen.

Becoming involved with Canada and helping to create its present and future as an engaged and concerned citizen can lead to a more secure feeling of personal identity, helping to define one’s beliefs and perspectives even as these elements in turn support and cleanse the social fabric of the nation. When immigrants cast off heir statuses as newcomers and embrace the paths towards becoming Canadian, they can take part in one of the country’s most valuable and celebrated customs. Through voting, new citizens confirm their budding relationships with the country and meaningfully develop a dialog between their lives and the lives of their families and the life of the state. Voting may not always be appreciated for the great privilege it bestows upon voters themselves, but new Canadian citizens will have much to value and treasure when they secure the right to vote alongside other Canucks.

4 Comments

  • Ana Blanco September 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Great text. One thing is for sure, if I pass the Canadian citizenship test one of my obligations will be voting. And for sure I will.

  • Tamina Cox October 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    It is hard to fully understand your governor political parties when you are an immigrant. For a just arrived person to really vote with conscience one would need to read the last 10 years of political history of the country and then make a decision on which would be the best candidate at the time. Also a region understanding would be more than necessary. Is not an easy task to fulfill.

    But is of the most importance for any citizen under a democratic government.

  • Dennis Patel October 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I am 100% agree with this text. Becoming a Canadian is not the only thing that should matter. The responsibilities that comprehends are also vital for every new citizen and the right to vote needs to be exercised as a way to give back to Canada the gift of your citizenship. One must not forget that you are not entitled to citizenship if you are not born Canadian. So the fact that there is a way to be naturalized is a blessing.

  • Markus November 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Voting is the key element of democracy. It doesn’t matter if you are an immigrant or a born Canadian, when you start paying taxed is in your best interest to elect your governors.

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