Yesterday on our Facebook page a reader posted an interesting comment with regard to Polish-Canadians voting in the upcoming elections which we had brought up in our blog post about the Polish initiative Masz głos, masz wybór! („you’ve got a voice, you’ve got a choice.”)
Malgosia Gawrys wrote :
I have a bit of an issue with the idea of voting in the Polish elections. Most people (of my generation) that I know who are Polish-Canadian still hold dual citizenship, which is great. However, they left Poland over 20 years ago, often as young children, and haven’t lived in the country ever since.
I can’t say I am comfortable with the idea that I am allowed to decide the future of a country in which I don’t live, and I would imagine this could be a great source of frustration for many Polish people actually living in Poland.
We are outsiders, and as much as we can feel a deep connection to our motherland and are up to date with the issues; political, economic or other, the government that we would help to elect would after all, not be governing us, and having a say in that would make me feel very much out of place.
I am curious to know if other people feel the same way I do or disagree.
So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree? As Malgosia suggested it would be interesting to hear how Poles living in Poland feel about this.
Let us know what you think and cast your vote, if not for the President, then our poll. You can also join our conversation on Facebook.