First the bad news ...
All the efforts to persuade Liberal, Green and NDP voters to vote strategically, and Harper wins his majority by 14 seats!
AND THE MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR THOSE 14 SEATS WAS 443 VOTES PER SEAT!
Harper's majority depends on 14 seats which he won by 6,201 votes or an average of 443 votes per riding.
The Tory combined votes for those 14 seats was 219,939 votes. The second place candidates gained 213,738 votes.
All that was needed to prevent Harper having his majority, and to have a new Prime Minister (Jack Layton) after a vote of no confidence in the Harper budget, was for 6,201 Liberals or Greens or Dippers to have voted strategically for the candidate who came in second in those 14 seats – that's just 6% of the other opposition votes!
Now the good news ...
And it is this:
Harper's majority depends on 14 seats which he won by 6,201 votes or an average of 443 seats per riding.
That crown must rest uneasily on Harper's brow for the next 4 years.
How to give Harper a 4-year Nightmare:
So let's do three things to give him some nightmares.
Launch Operation Birddog 14:
First, let's set up Operation Birddog for each of these 14 seats. Ideally, we should locate each Birddog HQ in a riding next to or close to the Tory seat being birddogged won by either the Liberal or the NDP parties.
Then let's accumulate information of all kinds on each and every one of these 14 Tory MPs. Photographs. Press reports. Hansard reports. Take our cue from Harper and his meeting goons, and check their Twitters and Facebook entries. Use google images to find out pics. Check their attendance records.
In other words, birddog each and every move of each of the Birddog 14 for the next 4 years, so that we have lots and lots of information on each target seat, for use in the 2015 election.
Launch a Catch22-type operation for each of the Birddog 14 seats:
Starting now, let's launch a strategic voting operation designed to switch 1,000 or 2,000 votes in each of these Birddog 14 seats over the course of the next 4 years.
The aim is to ensure that none of the Birddog 14 win by an average margin of 433 seats in the 2015 election.
Leader Commitment to dog the Birddog 14:
Let's get Jack Layton, Elizabeth May and the next leader of the Liberal Party to commit to make at least one visit every six months for the next 4 years to each and every one of the Birddog 14 seats, to ensure that the efforts to reduce Harper's majority by retaking the Birddog 14 seats gets constant and remorseless attention in the press.
Now is the time to copy Harper's permanent campaigning style, and what better place to start then with the vulnerable Birddog 14.