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Anyone but Harper

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You have a choice a video worth looking at – and listening to.

If you need guidance on strategic voting the Straight has an article with recommendations of which non conservative stands the best chance of winning.

VoteForEnvironment.ca has identified the ridings where strategic voting will be effective — ridings in which the outcome is most uncertain, and the Conservatives either hold the riding by a slim margin, or might just win if their opposition is fragmented among the other parties. Approximately 35 ridings are held by Conservatives who squeaked in, partly because of a fragmented opposition. In these ridings it’s important to unite to defeat the Conservatives. In about 45 other ridings an opposition candidate won by a small margin in the last election. In these cases it’s important to keep the seat.

If it offends your sensibilities to vote for somebody you think is an inferior candidate you can swap your vote with somebody in a different riding. Let’s say you really would prefer a Green candidate to win but the realpolitik of strategic voting has you voting for a Liberal, then you can find somebody who has the opposite problem – i.e., in her riding she would like to vote Liberal but strategic voting has her voting for a Green — and, in a sense swap your votes. Visit Vote Swap Canada , a Facebook group, to set this up. At least then the total popular votes of the two parties is unaffected by your strategic voting, and the federal contribution to their campaigns in the next election remains the same.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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  1. Shame on anyone who promotes strategic voting!

    Strategic voting in a country with 2 big powerful parties-Liberals/Conservatives –These parties will always be neck and neck but with the NDP or Green party supporters vote Liberal or Conservative then the true support of the NDP or GREEN party will be kept down, the third and fourth parties of Canada will NEVER RISE TO PROMINENCE!
    Shame on anyone who promotes strategic voting!

    If you believe in a party then vote for them, REAL WISE SUGGESTING PEOPLE VOTE FOR A SEPARIST PARTY LIKE THE BLOC—Disagree with me,I don`t care, ITS JUST WRONG—-DESPITE WHAT GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISTS THINK!

    Grant G

    October 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm

  2. Stephen, if you can’t embed Vimeo, you can always embed the YouTube:
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=slnN3GMy7Nc

    Mark Kuznicki

    October 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

  3. Thank you Mark – done that!

    Stephen Rees

    October 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

  4. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Tories are not the Progressive Conservatives of old. They are the Reform Party in drag. Their social policies are regressive and divisive.
    Harper may say all the right things now, but he’s already proven himself to be a less than honest man who will do whatever it takes to stay in power.
    He prorogued Parliament twice. One of his close advisors is a convicted fraudster. He funnelled money to a Conservative riding during the G20 summit. He muzzles his own caucus.
    Just wait until you give him a majority, then you’ll see his true far right, Christian fundamentalist agenda: pro-military, pro-Big Oil, pro-U.S., anti-environment, anti-healthcare.
    Harper is a dictator in waiting. A Conservative majority government would be the end of everything that makes Canada great.
    Please don’t let it happen.

    Finious

    April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm


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