What’s important to you?

What is at stake for you personally in this election? Will the results have a big impact on your life?

In a recent Angus-Reid poll of 1,692 decided voters – two in five say a lot is at stake, whereas one-quarter believe there is nothing or not very much at stake.

The key issues [from this poll]: three-quarters of Canadians rank transparency and honesty in the federal government a six or seven on a seven-point scale when it came to issues they care about personally. Health care, often an issue Canadians highlight as a top one facing the country, was second, while climate change, another consistently top issue, was fifth.

If governments were to put human development at the centre of their policies, how might things change? Our most basic needs are physiological — air, water, food, shelter and clothing. Without meeting basic physiological needs, we cannot survive. It makes sense that the first responsibility of governments is to ensure everyone’s basic needs are met.

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