Despite the fact that the Green Party, both Federally and Provincially, have been encouraging people not to vote strategically for decades, it’s time for Liberals and NDP’ers to vote strategically on behalf of Elizabeth May. For a full disclosure of who I’m voting for, and in which riding, see my last post. The Greens, the NDP and the Liberals have been splitting the progressive vote in the Sidney Saanich Gulf Islands riding for many elections. The result has been the continual re-election of Conservative Gary Lunn. Unless you’re super wealthy and love oil slicks I don’t think you’ll want to vote for this guy. In my humble opinion.
In the last election, I wanted people in Sidney Saanich Gulf Islands to vote for Briony Penn who I thought was an awesome candidate. She was a Liberal. But she had the best chance and she was awesome. But she lost. She lost because voters threw their votes away; more than you might know. Folks voted for the Green candidate and folks even voted for an NDP candidate that wasn’t running.
This election, however, there is another awesome candidate but she just happens to be the leader of the Green Party of Canada. Her name is Elizabeth May.
Which brings me back to strategic voting. Elizabeth May seems to be in a tie with Gary Lunn. And it’s possible that she could be the first member of the Green party ever elected. And more importantly to me, she could beat Gary Lunn. This author has a nice way of putting it.