Emily’s Team Pick: Vote Mob


As you are hopefully aware of by now, Canada is having a federal election on May 2. Please let our leaders know that WE EXIST and OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD.

Rick Mercer is telling you to vote.

The University of Guelph organized a vote mob which I’m still not really sure what it is, but it looks like fun and they waved around a Canadian flag which always makes me feel good.

Concordia University in Montreal is having a vote mob on Tuesday, April 19 at 12pm. If you live in Montreal you should come (really, I don’t think anyone will know/care if you don’t go to Concordia)! It’s possible that your university is having a vote mob too, or has already had one, which I hope you will go to/went to.

You have a right to vote. Please use it.


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Emily Choo started as an intern with Autostraddle when she was 18 years old. She's now 10 years older and lives in Toronto with her partner and cat. The defining moment of her career was when Riese said this about her: " I think Emily Choo is a very bright, 'poetically inclined' girl who pays attention to everything and knows almost everything (the point of stuff, how to read, how beautiful things feel, how scary things feel, etc.) but doesn't believe/accept/realize yet that she knows almost everything." She still doesn't believe she knows anything, so, thank you, Riese, for that.

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  1. Heck yeah, I will be voting on May 2nd.

    Love love love the Canadian coverage! Damn straight (damn gay? damn queer?) we younger end of the population must vote.

    Read everything you can about your local MP as well as each party’s platform. Xtra West is holding a Vancouver town hall event with politicians discussing their stance on gay-related issues. I can’t make it to the event, but I will make sure to follow up on what was said (or not said) by each contender. Conservative politicians routinely choose not to comment on Xtra’s questions (i.e. in articles in the paper) regarding issues that are important to the queer population. Shame on you. (You know your answers would not hold up).

  2. I voted today by special ballot! It’s worth looking into if you can’t make it to the advanced polls and you want to avoid the crowds on election day. (Seriously, though, please, please vote. If you want to make a point by not casting a vote, at least go and spoil your ballot, because otherwise they’re just going to go “Yeah, all of these people are lazy and/or apathetic” and no point gets made.)

  3. Thanks for all the Can-con. It’s nice to know that some US folks are informed and give a shit about the scary stuff happening up here.
    And also, thanks for the Concordia vote mob info. I have to be there tomorrow morning anyway so you know, two birds and all that.

  4. Hi fellow Canadians! Glad to see all this voting excitement. I work at the Canadian consulate in San Francisco – if there are any Canadians reading this who are in the US and don’t know how to vote, email me and I’ll help you: sfran [at] international [dot] gc [dot] ca.

    Big shout out to Concordia, I’m missing Montreal these days.

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