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WHERE I STAND: My Personal Political Profile

Civics - Summer School 2014
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Breanne Dharmai

on 22 July 2015

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Transcript of WHERE I STAND: My Personal Political Profile

A Political Party I Support
Song with a Political Message
Issues Line
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If there was an election today, I would vote for the Conservative Party of Canada. They are working towards keeping our communities safe from foreign criminals, and decreasing the violence against women and girls. This captures my attention because since I am a girl, I want to know that I'm safe when walking down a street. I don't want to constantly worry that I might be abused by a random person. The Conservative Party is also committed to supporting Canadian families through the Universal Child Care Benefit, the low-tax plan, and the Youth Employment Strategy. I strongly support the Youth Employment Strategy because I believe the funding will improve integrating students into the workforce and will help them prepare for their future. Seeing that I am currently a student, all the funding from this Party will benefit me as well since I would get the chance to start in the workforce at a reasonably young age. In conclusion, these are some reasons that I would vote for the Conservative Party of Canada during an election.
Political Cartoon:
Ontario Preparing for Economic Crisis
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The Canadian Red Cross strives to "improve the lives of people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world." Currently, they are helping the Manitobans who were affected by the flooding. Red Cross representatives and volunteers are traveling to many communities to offer immediate aid, clean-up supplies, and hygiene kits. I agree with what the Red Cross is trying to do because first, this is occurring in our own country, Canada, so it is appropriate that the Canadian Red Cross organization would help out. Secondly, fund-raising for natural disaster relief is a good cause since helping out in any way would be appreciated by everyone. Personally, I have always donated to various charities and NGOs so I would help out in any way possible, regardless of what the issue would be. I fully support the Canadian Red Cross and every action they take towards making the world a better place.
A Non-Governmental Organization I Support
"Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong."

- Sir John A. Macdonald, Canadian Prime Minister
Taking Action on the Issue Presented in the Political Cartoon
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Breanne Dharmai
WHERE I STAND: My Personal Political Profile
As of now, the government of Ontario is working towards not falling into an economic crisis. Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's Premier, said "People are not saving enough for retirement and [if this happens] we're going to face a huge economic crisis". If this is the case, I believe an action I would take to further influence the government's position on this issue would be writing a letter to my Local MP or MPP. I think this would be affective because I would express my thoughts and let them know of an idea I have to prevent us from falling into a crisis. My idea is to form a law stating that all people in the workforce should put a specific amount of money into a savings account and should not be allowed to access this money until they're retired or are in serious debt and need money. I think this idea would be effective because citizens would be forced to save money so by the time they retire, they will have money to support themselves and will not need so much assistance from the government. In the end, I believe placing a law would be most effective to show citizens that saving money from the start will improve our economic crisis status.

A Political Quote that Inspires Me...
Equality between
all
citizens in Canada
Freedom of religion, belief, and opinion
Safety of children
Yes
Not Sure
No
Abortion should be totally legal, with no exceptions.
The government should completely legalize marijuana.
The Canadian military should continue to focus primarily on peacekeeping missions.
Young offenders should receive the same punishment for violent crimes as adults.
The government should do more to protect the environment, even if it means higher taxes.
The government should allow more immigrants and refugees to come in Canada.
Same sex marriage should remain legal.
Doctor-assisted suicide should be legal in Canada.
The government should allow privatization of the health care system.
World peace
The issue that this cartoon addresses is Ontario preparing for an economic crisis. Ontario's new Premier, Kathleen Wynne, recently said, “People are not saving enough for retirement and if we let this go unchecked we’re going to face a huge economic crisis”. This quote proves that slowly, day by day, we are going to be falling right into a major crisis. I chose this cartoon because it speaks to me about Ontario's future and my future as well. If we go into an economic crisis right now, there is a great chance that the generation younger than the ones in the workforce right now will be jobless as soon as they finish their post-secondary education. Since I'm going to be entering the workforce soon, everyone needs to work together on pulling out of the economic crisis otherwise these negative problems will effect my life as well. In conclusion, the cartoon shows that Ontario going right into a major crisis and that they're preparing "hold all their belongings" because there is a possibility of loosing it all in the economic crisis and not gaining anything in return.
Flawless
- Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Album: Beyoncé
Artist: Beyoncé
Year: 2013
[Verse 2: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie]
"We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
"You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man."
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes"
In Beyoncé's song
Flawless
, I believe the spoken word verse narrated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains how in our society, females are thought to be lesser than men, are "expected" to follow the stereotypical rules about women and that they can't have aspirations and be successful. Throughout the rest of the song, Beyoncé sings, "I woke up like this. We flawless, ladies tell 'em. I woke up like this". These lyrics express that females, are unique, and
flawless,
and that they don't need a man or anyone else telling them what to do. They have their own mind and they should use it. I personally enjoy this song because it is very catchy, and it is sung by Beyoncé, an amazing artist that I look up to musically. All in all, the political message portrayed in this song,
Flawless
, speaks to me because I am a girl and I agree with this powerful song 100%.
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