Monday, September 21, 2015

How to vote on October 19 to replace the tired, low-energy Harper government

Some are confused by their choices. Others are not sure how strategic voting in their own riding might work.

If your main objective is to remove Harper and replace him with another more progressive government, then these people can help you decide how to vote on election day:
Nationally, the organization Leadnow is working on a well-designed strategy to defeat Stephen Harper in 12 key ridings, and is active on the ground in 70 others. If you're in one of these ridings, you'll be able to find out which candidate is best suited to defeat the Conservative.

Leadnow is also reaching out to help people in every riding in the country use their strategy, through crowd-funding and other means.



For those who just want to see who to vote for in key ridings, the website Strategic Voting lays it out with stark simplicity, by province. If you're in Ajax, vote Liberal, but if you're in Kenora, vote NDP.
And keep checking, because information is updated regularly. And you'll have no direct control over the timing of their assessments.

In B.C., the Dogwood initiative is working on eight ridings with a detailed and sophisticated strategy.

And the new GreenPAC organization is winnowing out the crop of candidates to find those with environmentally sound track records – the overwhelming majority of whom are non-Conservatives.

The CBC News Poll Tracker website, run by veteran political analyst Eric Grenier, will give you a rough overview of what’s happening in opinion polls across the country. Grenier's own website attempts to give a very rough breakdown of support for each party in all 338 individual ridings.

Organizations like the Assembly of First Nations, the Council of Canadians and the superb and lively youth-oriented Facebook group Harpoon – among many others – are all encouraging their constituencies to vote precisely because — as former host of CBC’s Fifth Estate, Linden MacIntyre, says in this YouTube clip — “they don’t want you to.”

Please share this post  and/or the article with others, to help them decide what to do.

It takes very few votes to remove Harper’s majority: in 2011 Harper won his majority because in 14 ridings a Conservative MP was elected with an average winning number of seats of 443! These groups will show you how to vote in your riding to avoid that result on October 19.

And let’s look forward to a new democracy for Canada!


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