It’s election day in New Brunswick. Any students studying law or political science in the province this term really luck out because, via candidate signs, the syllabus is literally on your front lawn.
One aspect of this voting process that’s difficult for students to comprehend is: Why do the same two parties keep getting elected?
Comparing the election to a business, it’s ridiculous to them why that happens.
“Paul’s not working out here. We’ll let him go and hire Larry.”
“But… we fired Larry to hire Paul.”
“Yeah, that’s okay, Larry might be better this time.”
“But we’ve fired him, like, twelve times now. Could we hire Ned or Gary?”
“Well-l-l, they might not do a good job.”
“But… they also might do a good job?”
“Nope, better call Larry. But keep Paul on file for when we fire Larry again.”
Historically, NB elects the Progressive Conservatives or Liberals. No matter your opinion, students ask why the NDP or Green Party do not appear more prominently in the votes. In short: “How did we end up with a two-party system?”
Here’s an amazing hook on voting that I know high school students enjoy. It uses the animal kingdom to explain how most democracies plateau with two parties, and consequently why so many citizens feel frustration during an election.
The lesson’s even darker point? Our democratic model in NB is actually pretty terrible.
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