The Case for Strategic Voting on May 2nd

Canadian democracy fascinates me. It seems that most people would rather be governed by a party that does not represent their views and complain about it, than do anything proactive to avoid it. At the moment we are facing the prospect of a potential Conservative majority elected by less than 40% of the electorate. So we will get absurdly expensive jet fighters, billions on a law and order bill based on fear and misrepresentation, (see Ian Brown’s excellent article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/what-are-canadians-really-afraid-of-when-it-comes-to-crime/article1978257/) plus a party that attempts to procure our vote through fear and hateful attack adverting on their competition. In addition they have already announced that their first act with a majority will be to remove funding from the opposition parties thus ensuring dominance by a party funded by big business and powerful people. How democratic is that? This is a government that can’t even tell the truth to parliament, let alone to the public, yet Canadians will stand by and cast their votes in traditional patterns that will ensure their return to power. Anyone who has completed the CBC vote compass will have noticed that the positions of the Green, Liberal and NDP parties are very close, so why not select your vote to avoid the extreme alternative of the Conservatives. see http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/votecompass/

Here is how to vote strategically:

1) Try and find out which candidate in your constituency has the best chance of beating the Conservative. CBC has past results: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/map/2008/#293

2) Cast your vote for the candidate which has the best chance of beating the Conservative.

How simple is that? In addition the SFU have a table showing marginal seats. http://www.sfu.ca/~aheard/elections/marginal-seats.html if you are voting in such a seat check the 2008 result and vote for whichever party won – if it was NDP or Liberal or the party that lost if the Conservative won.

It’s not perfect but in our first past the post system, at least it may ensure that a Conservative minority does not become a Conservative majority. Your fate and perhaps the fate of the country is in your hands on May 2nd

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