This is not an election like any other. What's at stake is nothing less than the integrity of Canada's most fundamental features.
Yes, opinion polls have turned against the Conservatives and it's true many Canadians cannot abide Harper. But Stephen Harper and his party can still win the next election, scheduled for October 2015.
We need to assemble, to voice our collective discontent, to manifest ourselves in public spaces. We need to protest, we need to get angry, and we need to brazenly speak out.
Rather than jumping on the hand-wringing bandwagon about disinterested, apathetic youth, I'm more concerned about pervasive and consistent government apathy towards youth.
Hope is indispensable in public and private life. I don't mean brainless optimism in the face of facts. I mean hope that finds a way to persist in honest awareness of how bad things are.
We're in the middle of a new citizens' movement popping up all over the country that is preaching to the unconverted for a change. And it might just turn things around.
Until 11 years ago, no election since Confederation had attracted less than a 63 per cent turnout. Over 70 per cent had been normal, often reaching the 75 per cent neighbourhood.
Harper's determined efforts to demonize the notion of a coalition has helped push it off the agenda, even though coalitions are perfectly legitimate.
Joyce Green and Mike Burton
The consequence of toxic levels of anti-democratic contempt has left many Canadians questioning the health of public politics. But they must do more than sit back on the sofa and change the channel.
What has happened to this country? Stephen Harper seems able to carry out the most outrageous acts, week in, week out, and there seems to be barely any consequence.