Letter to the Editor: U.S. elections

Photo by Luke Sarazin

Photo by Luke Sarazin

There is something that has been bothering me for the past few weeks and it all stemmed from the event hosted by the Laurier Political Science Association, for the American Election Results Party.

But in order to understand this, you have to rewind to the Canadian Federal Election that happened last year.

The night of the election, there was a Blue Jays game that was on. Majority of the TV’s in Wilf’s had the game on and only a few were screening the election. Wilf’s was packed as usual, but most people were there for the game. In the Wilf’s Den, they were screening the election, which I found incredibly exciting.

But now, we are holding an event in one of the biggest spaces on campus for something that isn’t even happening in Canada.

Does it effect Canada? Yes!

However, as an institution should we not be promoting local issues that happen in our own home? We need to promote caring about our own home, because if we don’t care, who will?

Yes, I understand that “American politics affects the world,” and that “this is the most important election in history,” and that “this affects Canada.”

But do you know what affects Canada? What your own federal and provincial governments are doing at home? That effects Canada. Not paying attention to what Trump said, or what Clinton e-mails were found.

Last week, the Trudeau government announced drastic changes to how the student loan repayments process works.

Did you know that? Go google it!

I promise you it will effect you a lot more than any silly Trump quote or Clinton scandal that you share on Facebook.

Farnaz Yaqubian

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