Come for the show, stay for the politics

I know I’ve said this time and time again, but one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of this country is to get involved in the political process. Or in other words, get informed, and go out and vote. The Vancouver civic elections – that is, the elections for mayor, city councilors, park board members, and school board members – are taking place on November 19th, and it’s just as important as any other election.

But I also know it’s hard to start caring. It’s hard to go read about Suzanne Anton’s platform when True Blood is on TV, when you are watching the Canucks get pummeled, when you are trying to find pictures of that hot girl you met at the Halloween party on Facebook.

Well, the civic elections might not be as boring as you thought. Just take a look at the list of candidates for mayor. Not to put too fine a point on it, it’s a gong show, but thankfully, it’s a totally hilarious one. Here’s an excerpt from one of the candidates’ profile: “In 2010 Mr Robin Lawrance Runing in the City of Ottawa Election for the Officer of MAYOR and I did not win at this time and I put out $500.00 and this time was not good for Mr Robin Lawrance. So I am in Election for the Office of MAYOR in the City of Vancouver BC. on November 19th, 2011 and I Mr Robin Lawrance will win this Election and be Come your new MAYOR on November 19th, 2011. At this Time I am going all the way to win and be your MAYOR in the City of Vancouver.” Does this sound like something written by someone aged more than five years? I’ll let you decide.

Another candidate is Darrell “Saxmaniac” Zimmerman, who provided no profile nor picture. Yet another candidate Gölök Zoltán Buday’s email is, and his Facebook page describes himself as an “Actor on a long break, childhood, although as a health technique keep the skill up.”

DUBGEE differentiates himself from other candidates by seemingly having proofread his profile before submitting it, and also by having no last name. Perhaps it speaks to the sad state of the election that he is one of the better candidates in this race.

But see, isn’t politics more interesting now? I think just seeing this list made me want to run in the next election, just for the hell of it. Come for the wacky candidates, and stay for the information!

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About Justin Choi

Justin is in his second year at UBC. He enjoys listening to Korean rap, and when he isn’t writing offensive articles on his blog, he’s writing offensive articles for various magazines. He mainly procrastinates, but he occasionally finds time to participate in volunteer activities around the community. His favourite writers include Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Mark Twain, Tom Stoppard, and Maddox.

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