Strategic Voting: Don’t Do It

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Years back when walking home from the polling station, my husband commented on the fact that whoever we vote for doesn’t ever get elected.

Hearing this, our small son helpfully suggested that maybe if we voted for somebody else the ones we wanted WOULD get elected.

Now, you and I both know that it doesn’t work that way. Yet that’s essentially what happens when we are convinced to vote “strategically”.

Strategic Voting is often sold as a necessity to prevent certain candidates from being elected.

We are told that it would be best to cast our vote for someone not of our choosing.

Our current electoral system makes some votes count more than others, so it is even more important to cast your vote the way you think best.

Almost always “strategic voting” is proposed because it is so important to prevent someone else from being elected.

They advise us to vote strategically for the candidate they are trying to get elected.

Then of course, their candidate may very well get elected because of all those bonus “strategic” votes.

However if they wind up with a majority they will then boast of a “clear mandate” to do what they want.

So the next time anyone suggests that you cast a strategic vote for their candidate, explain to them that this time it is their turn to vote for your candidate.



Write to your Member of Parliament and tell them what you think about premature prorogation or anything else! You can find your MP with this lovely link – it will also help you find out who your MP is if you don’t know. It’s time that Canadians started letting them know what we think about how they represent us.
Find your Member of Parliament

Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and tell him too!
Prime Minister/Premier Ministre Stephen Harper <pm@pm.gc.ca>

The government gives more weight to postal mail: you can mail your comments without a stamp!!:

The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., B.A., M.A.
1600 90th Avenue Southwest, suite A-203
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 5A8

Canada badly needs electoral reform. Take a peek at the Non-Partisan Fair Vote Canada site to get information some ideas of electoral reform. All Canadians need to join in these non-partisan discussions.

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