How to make the Canadian Election interesting, can you say coalition?
Why are so many conservative posters and bloggers so full of hatred? Are they afraid their minority hold on power isn’t going to last. Well, thats democracy, if you’re a minority, which you are in Canada as a social conservative, then its a tenuous thing.
Check this out, today Elizabeth May had to reverse a statement on strategic voting.
I’m frankly dissapointed in May and in the media and even in the NDP. What exactly is wrong with strategic voting? If you don’t vote strategically in Canada then you’re pretty naive and don’t understand how the electoral system works. Her first statements were correct. Green supporters need to look at their riding, and their principles and decide who to vote for. All voters do. The Greens are not going to form government, the NDP aren’t either. Its misleading to pretend they are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t vote for them. What you have to do is consider if your vote will count, because in our current system, if you vote for the third party in your riding, you may actually be voting for you last choice.
I think the parties definitely should talk about coalitions. If the NDP, Liberals and Greens all agree, up front to cooperate in parliament and to ask to form a coalition government in the event they collectively get more seats than the conservatives. Well, that would at least shake things up wouldn’t it? According to this story the NDP approached the Liberals about coalitions or cooperation. Well, given the polls maybe now the Liberals would like to reconsider that rebuff. Imagine a bold aggreement between the two centre left parties, to rule together.
Then we’d see some strategic voting! Liberals casting to NDPs, NDPs casting to Liberals. It might be enought to tip this thing. They almost had enough votes together last time to outvote the conservatives. Come Jack and Stephane. It would be so much more fun. Its may be the only thing you can do to tear all our attention away from the crazy reality show that is the US Election!
Update: Looks like Naomi Klein agrees with me.