Election time in small towns brings forth many questions for people who have the chance to go out and vote.
One of the most important ideas in an area like Golden has to be linked to whether or not your voice is really being heard.
To the MLA who is running in an area like Columbia River Revelstoke the voice of the people must be heard. But in the grander scheme of things, do the politicians in Victoria really give smaller voting bases their due?
This is a discussion I have heard before in Newfoundland, during the time of federal elections. Back in the day, before the great oil boom on the east coast, Newfoundland never seemed to matter to the federal government in the eyes of many people I knew. With only seven seats available in Ottawa, the province was not vital to any government, while Ontario and Quebec got all the attention along with places like Alberta and B.C.
The Rock, it seemed, was only an afterthought on the federal political scene.
Then a funny thing happened. Oil really started coming out from under the sea, and money was being made in a province which had spent a great deal of time recovering from the loss of the fishery in the ‘90s. It is strange how then, people in Ottawa seemed to take notice of the provinces on the east coast.
The same thing could be said for the Golden area. There was a time when the economy was booming and all was well.
Houses were being bought, and the forestry industry was thriving.
However, when times got tough, interests west of the region seemed to have dissipated. One has to wonder if the Trans Canada Highway and trains did not flow through here, would there be any interest shown to the area at all?
There is a side effect to the feeling of being ignored in an election.
People who struggle to get out and vote on a normal day will become even more discouraged. This means that less people may come out to vote when the election day, set to happen in May, comes.
As the campaign rolls on, it will be interesting to see if the power people in the competing parties make an effort to come out of the big cities to drop by small towns, like Golden, and many others in the province.
Even more interesting in this scenario will be whether of not the people in the area will care if the leaders do make their way to Golden?
Small towns have been the backbone of the Canadian landscape since before this country had a name. For years the small town way of life has been disappearing.
When the election rolls around this year it will be important to remind those in power that just because your hometown does not have a massive population, does not mean they should be ignored.