I got a call from an NDP canvasser last night, asking me if they could count on my vote.
“I’m voting Green,” I said.
The canvasser immediately burst into a harangue about how I would be splitting the vote and how a vote for the Green Party was a tacit vote for Harper and how that would be a disaster – and on and on. It was an echo of every strategic voting argument I have heard since (and even before) this campaign began. I was firm with her, She got angry with me. In fact, the conversation from her side verged on bullying. I really should have told her that her attitude was not about to win any votes.
This morning I saw another argument on Facebook: if you want money to go to your riding for infrastructure etc., then you should vote for the candidate whose party was most likely to get elected, otherwise, you would have an opposition MP and that means no money for your riding. Again, I have heard this argument in the past. It’s one I find particularly abhorrent. What it really means is that I should vote, not for the party I like but for the party I think will take power, even if I am against everything it stands for.
This is democracy?
Not to mention that the fact that money goes only to the ridings where the ruling party rules is simple, flagrant disregard and scorn for every Canadian who did not vote for the party that got in. Boil it down farther and you will see that the ruling party will reward those who voted it in and punish those who didn’t. So – not a party that represents all the people.
This is a very sad state of affairs.
And you can’t trust the polls – those are manipulated by whoever commissions them.
There is only one way to vote. Know your values. Look at the parties. Whose values align with yours? Which party has values that will benefit you and the generations to come? Where are the ethics, the inclusiveness? Who cares about the country? The planet? Examine the campaigning – any party that practices fear-based politics is underserving of a reasoned vote.
Align your values. Vote intelligently – but don’t forget to put your heart into the equation.