As much as it pains me to say this, I think David Moscrop touches on a fair point in his latest column. His tone may tend toward academic condescension (that’s kind of his thing), but I agree that, if democracy is to be an exercise of informed consent, the degree to which we are informed merits reflection.
Voter turnout across the country is hitting all-time lows, polling shows Canadians lack confidence in their political institutions and our Prime Minister is among the least trusted leaders in the Western hemisphere. The past year’s numerous spending scandals and a third prorogation of Parliament only add fuel to the fire of public discontent many Canadians expressed by mobilizing en masse like never before — Occupy, Québec’s Printemps Érable and Idle No More saw thousands hit the streets. In this age of rapid communication, some believe Canadians are losing patience with traditional institutional channels of political engagement, turning to more individualized and informal activities instead.