Welcome to the Calgary Public Library's Civic Literacy blog!
Alberta’s election offers each of us the opportunity to play an active and individual role by participating in the democratic process of choosing our government. The Calgary Public Library can help to inform you about the voting process. We encourage you to become informed, ask questions, have discussions and, most importantly, to vote!
Why is it important to vote?
The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the cornerstone of democracy.
- When we vote, we choose the representatives who will make the laws and policies that govern how we live together.
- The legitimacy of a government lies in the fact that it is elected. Low voter turnouts may call into question this democratic legitimacy.
- While democracy involves much more than holding elections every five years, voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians. The more votes, the more powerful the message is. In other words, every vote counts.
- Compared to other forms of political participation, voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.
Here are some useful links:
Voter information, including “Am I registered to vote?” and “Where do I vote?”
Answers to common questions about voting, including “Do I have to be on the list of electors in order to vote?”
Want to know “who are the candidates in my riding?” and “which parties do they represent?”
Political party websites provide additional information about party leaders, candidates, party platforms and events.
Hear what the leader’s of Alberta’s political parties have to say about election issues. Watch the leader's debate “live” on Global TV, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.
Learn more about yourself and where your ideas and beliefs fit into the Alberta political scene. Use CBC’s interactive VOTE COMPASS election tool.