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I spent Saturday afternoon on the phone campaigning for a candidate for Parliament and hearing from people who "can't be bothered" to vote. "It's a waste of time," they said. When I returned home, I found a message about a friend who's a doctor with the rebels in Libya. He says he's sleeping in a different place every night. "My name is on the black list of the security forces. … They have been tapping my telephone and have enough evidence to do God knows what if they capture me."
Somehow, that sort of sacrifice, in order to have a representative government, hardly compares with the bother of getting off the sofa and getting out to vote.
Patricia Clarke, Toronto