Canada’s next federal election is now less than a year away.
Recent provincial writ periods saw some important undercurrents among electorates come to the fore. Federal politicos should be taking note.
Voters have shown themselves hungry for change, open to new ideas and ways of doing, and willing to consider new political options.
The result: more electoral volatility than we’ve seen in decades.
Demographic, socio-economic, and geopolitical developments – some of them underway for several years – favour neither incumbency, nor complacency, nor political expediency.
Recent provincial polls seem to show voters are craving real solutions to the issues that matter most to them and their families. They crave authenticity. They assign no primacy to the status quo (least of all for its sake alone). They want action furthering their interests and respect for their values and beliefs.
If that means putting the keys to power in new hands, even temporarily, so be it. Fake it and you’ll fail. Break faith at your peril. (Some may wonder why it took so long for us to get to this spot, yet here we are.)
Political parties of all stripes are looking to navigate the current reality.
For people and organizations with solutions to problems big and small, this is a time of real opportunity.
Giving voice to the needs and wants, concerns and preoccupations, of voters while at the same time connecting dots, filling gaps, offering solutions, can get you a seat at the table, and perhaps even a place in electoral platforms.
The clock is ticking. Make the most of every moment.