Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Marlee Mozeson (Conservative): Partisanship and Friendship: A Balancing Act

 

Hopefully, you are a person with strong political views and it is possible that those views have made you associate with a certain political party. And, hopefully, you have friends. It would be difficult to only have friends with similar political beliefs and, in fact, it may be quite boring. I, for one, have many Conservative friends that share political values. However, I also have friends that are linked to other political parties. In fact, I have friends from all political parties!

I think the key to these multi-partisan friendships, some of which I have maintained for most of my life, is limiting conversations about politics. The last thing I want is a friendship to end over a disagreement on EI, oil sands, or how I think my party is significantly better than every else’s. Have you ever heard anyone say, “don’t mix business and pleasure?” Well, in my case, it’s “don’t mix politics and friendship.”

In the age of Facebook, this balancing act has become increasingly difficult. People post thoughts, articles, notes, and pictures, some of which are very political in nature. Not only could this almost lead to a Facebook war, but it can also pit stranger against stranger, or friends against friend.  This is especially the case when it comes to politics and foreign affairs. People are very protective of their views and will voice them (over the internet) regardless of possible consequences. This can definitely result in losing some friends and maybe making some Internet enemies.

Therefore, it is often important to look beyond politics in friendships. One may choose friends with similar beliefs, values, or political memberships. Regardless, sometimes it’s just not worth it to end a lifelong friendship with someone because they are pro-union or like Justin Trudeau.

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