Volume 92, Issue 35

Thursday, November 5, 1998

a little bit louder now


Voting for the future of Quebec

Re: Quebec election

To the Editor:
According to the office of the registrar, there are more than 175 of us here at Western – no, not squirrel advocates or homosexuals or any of the other legitimate voices we have been hearing from in the pages of The Gazette these past few weeks – but Quebec residents. This letter is addressed specifically to those who qualify.

As you all know, the election in Quebec has been called for Nov. 30, less than a month away. I am writing to ask all of you to vote by mail, as it is your RIGHT and I sincerely hope you will exercise it. Being a Quebecer, a politics student and your peer, I URGE you to get in touch with the chief electoral officer of Quebec's office and obtain your ballot by mail.

All you have to do is go to the web site at www.dgeq.qc.ca, click "English version," then "The Right to Vote" and finally "Electors Outside Quebec." You can print your application right off the internet and mail it in to the office and they will send a ballot right to your mailbox in London. Mail it back and voila! (sorry, I had to) – you have just participated actively in democracy.

In 1994, the PQ government won 44.8 per cent of the popular vote; the Liberals, 44.4 per cent. Needless to say, Quebec has seen some EXTREMELY close voting these past few years. At the risk of sounding cliche, one vote can make a difference – imagine all 175 from those of us at Western?

Please vote.

Shruti Owerie
Political Science IV

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