Voter apathy reaches all-time high in Canada
Voter turn-out for Tuesday's Federal election was at an all-time low across the country, and the number of British Columbians who cast a ballot was also disappointing.
Early numbers show only six out of 10 British Columbians bothered to vote.
In fact, voter turn-out in B.C. has been on a steady decline since 1993, which raises the question as to why so many people are willing to let others pick their political leaders?
"I don't know much about politics and stuff like that,'' one Vancouver resident told CTV.
"I forgot,'' said another.
Richard Nimijean of the Carleton School of Canadian Studies thinks he has an explanation.
"It's clear to me that people aren't satisfied with what they're getting from their politicians,'' he said.
All across Canada this year, fewer people than ever before bothered to vote. B.C ranks just above the dismal national voter turn-out of 59 percent. That's an all-time low.
B.C. is tied with Quebec in terms of voter turn-out and ranks just slightly higher than Ontario.
Voter turn-out in Prince Edward Island is the highest in the country. It is where 70 percent of the population flocked to the polls.
One political science professor says there are lots of reasons why people don't vote.
"Often times it has less to do with political cynicism than with a lack of political awareness,'' said political scientist Lori Turnbull.
Voter turn-out reached a historic peak in 1958--when nearly 80 percent of Canadians voted in an election that saw John Diefenbaker return to power with a majority government.
Political analysts say there's no predicting whether the lower turnout trend will continue in future elections. They say it always depends on the issues, and the leaders.
With a report by CTV British Columbia's Jina You