By Panos Grames, Outreach Coordinator

Not sure if you're going to vote? Maybe you should listen to a couple of crazy Canucks: Rick and Dave.

Make a pledge to vote in the federal election on May 2nd, and ask your friends to do the same.

Rick Mercer consistently makes genuine Canadian connections between humour and politics. He has a knack for breaking through cynicism while giving both politicians and voters a motivating kick in the funny pants. This rant is a further example of his cutting, yet positive, commentary. It's been credited with the vote mob movement at Canadian campuses, and it applies to everyone of voting age.

dave_rick.jpg While David Suzuki is not as funny as Rick Mercer, he makes his own moving pitch for Canadians to vote.

"I have a very personal take on voting, which is that my father and mother were born in Vancouver in 1909 and 1911 respectively, yet they couldn't vote until after World War II. So I know what a privilege it is to be able to vote. We can never get enough democracy and when you look at the lives lost in the Middle East over the right to vote, our apathy is unforgivable," says David.

Whether you're motivated by humour or social responsibility (or both), join others in your community who are pledging to get out and vote on May 2nd!

April 28, 2011

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Apr 30, 2011
6:17 AM

It’s hard to beat the Suzuki/Mercer combo for intelligent (and as in this case, sometimes riotously funny) assessments of where the fault lines are in North America (and whose fault it is) — and the paradox of power and insularity in both Canada and the U.S.

Apr 29, 2011
2:41 PM

You should only vote if you know what the party or person stands for. That the candidate can demonstrated that he can do what he says, and will stand firm to accomplish the stated objectives. Most politicians have no ideas they just look for a parade to lead, or they will say what the gullible dumb public wants to hear. Some just promise things that their policies will never produce, ie prosperity, liberty, a say in the direction of the country. Encouraging the uninformed to vote is just plain STUPID.

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