Volunteering at election time
- January 31, 2012
Consider lending your skills to the democratic causeAlbertans will head to the polls some time between March 1 and May 31, according to amendments to the Election Act that came into force in December.Once the writ has been dropped, Elections Alberta, the province’s nine registered political parties, their candidates and independent candidates will require volunteers. As a teacher interested in the future of public education, you might consider lending your considerable skills to the democratic cause before, during or after the 28-day campaign period.Volunteering at election time can be an exciting and rewarding, if exhausting, venture. In most campaigns, volunteers far outnumber paid staff. Working in a partisan or nonpartisan capacity will give you not only insight into the electoral process, issues and candidates but also the opportunity to influence the calibre and outcome of the campaign. By becoming politically engaged with the party or candidate of your choice, you can also help determine the conditions under which you teach and your students learn. Perhaps most importantly, your engagement will help demonstrate to students through personal example the values of citizenship and democracy.
The opportunity to influence the outcome of the campaign? Do not doubt that they are serious, they got Red Ali appointed, didn't they? I have been hearing ads on the radio that sound like union sponsored ads, but I can't remember what group it is that is advertizing.(If you know send me a comment)
Lending your skills to the democratic cause is code for getting the people you want elected. It stinks to high heaven of corrupting our democratic process, not enhancing it. They are teaching your kids how to subvert the vote of people. It's really nothing about teaching and everything about "influencing our democratic process". Remember Red Ali got elected by pandering to the teachers union by giving them 100 million, and she is counting on them to "get out the vote", just like Acorn in the US.