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Who you choose to vote for in this federal election is no one’s business but your own. We all have our reasons.

A candidate might be pushing all the right buttons for you about child care or job creation or fighting climate change or lowering taxes.

What I can’t fathom is people who just couldn’t be bothered to cast a ballot.

As someone who appreciates living in a democracy — as rife with dissonance as this one has become of late — I see voting as a responsibility and an obligation. We get to shape how our country is governed and what kind of society we live in. Trite as that may sound, it means something. To not care enough to take advantage of the opportunity to have input seems like such a waste.

I was raised by parents who always voted — though not necessarily the same way — and in a household where politics was as much a constant at our table as Mom’s homemade bread. So that may have shaped my feelings and behaviour when it comes to voting. But I’d like to think that even without their influence I always would have valued the chance to vote, particularly given how hard some people........

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