People have been debating the future of politics in Canada ever since the 41st Parliament was elected, and there still is a yet to be a general consensus on where this future is added, who is going to do the influencing, and when all of this major change is going to happen.
However, that cannot stop anyone from trying to determine or understand where the future of politics in Canada is headed, though we are certainly going to do everything we can to shine a light on the rapid changes that face is this great country in North America.
Let’s dive right in.
Where is the future of politics in Canada headed?
Before we begin to illustrate where the future of politics in Canada is headed, it’s helpful to take a quick look at the neighbor to the south and what kind of impact the major elections of 2008 (and to a lesser degree, 2012) will have on the shape of politics in Canada moving forward.
In the United States, 2008 represented a watershed moment in the future of the US government and how elections were to be one and who had a voice in the government – even though some of that luster has worn off in a second term of Barack Obama.
Young people were encouraged to get out and vote, social media and a very personable president or stacked up against traditional media and a party represented by a late 60 something-year-old man that could not connect with the younger generation – a boxing match that wasn’t all that dissimilar to the John F. Kennedy/Richard Nixon battle and that played out on TV for the first time ever in the mid-1960s.
The future of politics in Canada definitely is beginning to become influenced by the 2008 campaign, as more and more major politicians embrace social media, new marketing and advertising avenues, and look to establish a connection with the use of Canada and their impact on the government.
Who is going to influence the future of politics in Canada?
It’s not hard to understand that the youth of Canada are going to have an almost overwhelming influence on the future of politics in Canada, even though they still vote less frequently (or turnout in lower numbers) and those in other brackets.
The liberal party in Canada used to have an iron fist like grip on the government for most of the 20th century, and though conservatives have one back more of that power in recent years the party that can play to of the youth of Canada more successfully are going to enjoy power and influence in the decades to come.
Obviously, the Internet and other technology has completely changed and shaped the way that people receive news, communicate with their representatives, and even how they perceive their lives in Canada (and the world in general) and its of critical importance that future politicians embrace all of these advanced technologies just as quickly as they can.
When is all of this change going to happen?
As with everything else, the future of politics in Canada is being shaped, molded, and influenced today – right now, this very moment – and it’s going to continue to be shaped every single moment of every single day from here on out.
With the rate of technology advancing at an almost breakneck pace, so many different crisis points, threats, and security issues to contend with, and more social unrest than ever before – not to mention a global financial crunch that is still trying to find its legs to recovery – and there is a very mixed bag of things for Canadian politicians to handle.
The only way to have any success whatsoever in the future of politics in Canada is to listen to the youth of our great nation, to appreciate, understand, and embrace the wisdom and experience of older generations as well, and to figure out how to plot a course for success in this new globalized world that we are only beginning to understand right now.
The rate of change is too great and the price for inactivity too large for the future of politics in Canada to be more of the same.