The past couple weeks in socials has been a particularly interesting time of discussion. Personally, I find politics very engaging and find them more exciting to learn about because I can see how this area of study directly relates too Canada today. While I felt I had an acceptable amount of knowledge on the parties in Canada our discussions and researching has caused me to reconsider what I thought I knew as “fact.” Naturally most adolescents political beliefs centre around the ideas of adults around them. I have always considered myself to be an NDP voter because I identified their party narratives as socially based without ever really knowing or understanding their actual platform. After looking into it I’ve realized that voting is a lot more complicated then understanding whether a party is considered left wing or right wing.
From discussing party narratives in class I still consider myself to be an left wing voter but I have reconsidered why. The political narrative I find most important is investment in green energy sectors. This narrative covers both economic and geographic narratives and would be overall, extremely beneficial for Canada environmentally as well as Canadians economically. Investing in green energy like wind, solar and hydro creates over 7x more jobs per dollar invested when compared to investment in traditional energy sectors like oil and gas. Not only would this be producing more jobs for Canadians therefor boosting our economy but green energy would be a mutually beneficial way of reducing Canada’s contribution to global environmental damage.
On the Green party website the climate crisis is addressed including the statement, “If left unchecked, the climate crisis will cost the world economy upwards of $7-trillion.” In my opinion this justifies the investments Canada would be making in green energy not to mention the gradual but substantial benefits it would yield economically.
I have really enjoyed discussing party narratives and political stances in class and these conversations have pushed me to reconsider my political beliefs.