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 As a new arriver to Canada I cannot vote in this election and look forward to being able to vote in the future. One of the most important responsibilities of citizens of Canada is voting. The law does not require you to vote, but voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, you are participating in the democratic process. You vote for leaders to represent you and their ideas.  Leaders should support our interests.

Some Bible Wisdom:

  • Choose for each of your tribes individuals who are wise, discerning, and reputable to be your leaders. Deuteronomy 1:13 NRSV
  • First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 NRSV
  • When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. Proverbs 29:2 NRSV  
  • Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34 NRSV 

United Church of Canada

The intersection of faith and politics is often controversial and the church recognizes its members come from all political parties, but as people of faith, Christians are called to act in the world. Voting is one of those actions. “We have partners in many places where an election is synonymous with violence and intimidation. In Canada, we sometimes forget that because voting is fairly easy, it nevertheless sets government agendas, so every vote counts and every question is important,” Rev. Michael Blair, the church’s General Secretary adds.

The United Church of Canada has some resources for the upcoming election. From The United Church of Canada’s Election Resources go to Faith and Politics for helpful hints on how people can ask questions at virtual all-candidate meetings, how to organize an all-candidates meeting, and political activity guidelines for churches.

Elections Canada

You can find out about how to vote in the coming election at Elections Canada - Home Page for the 2021 Federal Election. You can check to see if you are registered to vote or actually register to vote online for this election until Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. 

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