The majority of Canadians do not support Harper, his party, or the direction they are taking us.
As the right united three parties and the left divided into more, we changed the system that will help the majority of Canadians have the strongest voice in the House.
We need to recognize this.
I am not saying anyone should shift their support to a different left-wing party permanently, but for this election, we, who share common values such as free speech, an open and accessible government, and independent country, equal rights, women’s rights, the right to choose, no death penalty...you get the picture - even those of us who share most, if not all of these values need to make sure we don’t all lose because we can’t get past partisanship during this election.
Danny Williams and Dion have both said that this is the most important election Canadians face in the history of our country. I agree. We face not only climate change and it’s consequences, but increasing international unrest and an economy that looks more precarious by the day.
We also face something we have never seen - a Prime Minister who has no respect for democracy, who lies and holds back information from the public, who is pushing for a type of country that the US, through experience, has come to realize is devastating to democracy and its citizens.
We can blindly keep backing our party of choice, but we will all lose as a consequence. All the parties on the left, and the Bloc, will have fewer seats, and we will certainly have at best, a Harper minority - which we all know will be run like a majority. Nicholson has already told us that by announcing that anything they want to pass through the House (on crime bills - but we’ve seen the pattern) will be treated as a non-confidence vote. We are idiots if we think next time around will be any different, and the longer Harper is dug in, the more he will undermine independent, oversight agencies and change policies by circumventing legislation.
He can situate himself so well through such methods and by replacing key people who are supposed to be impartial that ousting him will be extremely difficult. And when we finally do, the damage to our democratic system, the losses to our programs and undermining of our rights will be so severe, many of us will not live long enough to see the damage undone.
Vote for Environment shows us how we can not only make sure Harper is history, but how all parties on the left, and the Bloc can be much further ahead.
Before those who doubt or who think this is a Liberal conspiracy toss the idea out, look at the site. It is non-partisan, it makes sense, and the numbers are very, very convincing.
If we split our votes:
If we vote smart:
Partisan voting during this election will only assure a victory for Harper, and we all lose.
Nothing that the CON government has done - cuts to the arts, the obscene circus surrounding the listeria crisis and resulting deaths, the joke of running an election without a platform or candidates who are accessible to debates and the press have changed a damn thing, and we are two weeks away from the election.
There is no miracle on the horizon, folks. The numbers here may shift a little, back and forth, day to day, but get your heads out of the sand if you still think any of your parties stand a hope in hell of beating Harper - unless we vote strategically.
If you care about Canada, put party interests aside and vote strategically.
The bonus to ousting Harper is this: your party will also gain more seats if enough Canadians do this. Your riding may not come out top dog on the list of the left parties, but your party will benefit over all and have a stronger voice in the House. It will also have a far, far better chance of applying that voice, since we will be dealing with a government that has greater respect for parliamentary procedure and will not bully opposition onto supporting bad bills.
Vote strategically. Crush this government that is not even conservative, but something very destructive never seen in Canada before, then go back to supporting your party of choice. If we hit hard enough, the right may make changes of its own, and we can get back to a system where the majority really does have a voice.
Here is an excellent article on strategic voting in this election:
One big niche - by Susan Riley
If strategic voting doesn't work, why does it make the prime minister nervous? In British Columbia this week, where surging New Democratic strength and declining Liberal support are adding enormous uncertainty, Harper cautioned against voting NDP. "We are in great danger of voters presuming we can win," he said, "and they can vote for others, for strategic reasons. It's a big mistake."
What if all those "niches" that Harper so disdains -- environmentalists, spoiled artists, soft-on-crime academics and the rest -- decide, "Wait a minute! We are the majority. Let's vote like one"?