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The word “change” means to make the future course of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.  Canadians were not content to leave the government alone anymore and in our last federal election, we voted overwhelmingly for “change”.

We are now on the 8th day living with a new Liberal Prime Minister, young and full of energy and repeating that Canada was ready for “Real Change”. We all agree with this statement and we all certainly hope that the campaign promises don’t stay only as promises.

I was personally very interested in this election and chose to work for Elections Canada on voting day. This was my first time ever being involved this way in an election. I had a 3 hour previous training about rules and regulations of the process of voting . On voting day 15 other people and I had a long 17 hours commitment in the hopes of being part of a process that would lead our country to Change.

It was a very busy day from opening to closing. I saw a lot of families with little kids coming to vote. Parents wanted to show their children the importance of the act of voting. I also saw a lot of elderly people that were brought by their family to vote, some of them had real difficulties to walk, they seemed fragile but really convinced that casting their vote is essential and meaningful. I saw a lot of people that didn’t have the right identification, go home and come back with all the proper documents to be able to make their voice heard. I saw people from all walks of life, different races, colours and convictions. Young and old showed their patriotism. I saw the faces of accomplishment when first time voters casted their vote, people cheered them and applauded this event. I was touched, very touched by all these events.

This election we clearly saw that people’s voices are heard, that united we can be part of a change and that our young PM Justin Trudeau will allow to cross the bridge of ages and involvement of young people in politics: “I hope it is an inspiration to like-minded people to step up and pitch in,” he said in his speech. “To get involved in the public life of this country. And to know that a positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream. It can be a powerful force for change.”

In the business perspective change is good and healthy and it allows us to see possibilities that can help us grow. It also reminds us that change is based on our mantra. Our business mantra stays put, it’s what keeps us grounded and allows change to happen.

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