As surely all adult Canadians know, there’s a federal election coming up on May 2nd.
As surely all conscious Canadians also know, we’ve suffered under a right-wing, corporate agenda-driven federal government for far too long. (& they don't give a damn about the environment, or about you & me, obviously!?!?!)
It’s a very bad scene here – which might surprise readers from other countries, many of whom often seem to think we Canadians have some kind of corner on caring & democracy. Hah! Not under Harper, we don’t. It’s bad.
It’s long past time for a change, & since we’re stuck with a faulty electoral system that allows a party that receives a tiny per centage of the vote to take power, all of us need to vote so a bad turnout at the polls doesn’t once again lead to a bad government.
Time to boot out Stephen Harper & his cronies!!
Now, I’m a Green Party voter, & have been for years. I’m not even going to pretend I am not a huge Elizabeth May fan – ‘cos I am & am proud to say so. A woman I know who is close to 90 & who, trust me, has never been a “Greenie,” once said to me “Elizabeth May is smarter than all the rest of them put together.” “Bingo,” I replied.
But I don’t expect people to just take my word on things, so I’m going to list some options you can check out – with thanks to NOW Magazine's April 21-27 issue. NOW is a free weekly Toronto paper that is both left-leaning & hard-hitting.
I’m enjoying its articles about the election.
- A letter-writer suggested we should not put too much faith in election polling. Apparently most have called land line phones, whereas many young people (who are progressive in their thinking) use cell phones. The letter-writer suggested that this skews results in the (Harper) Conservatives’ favour, & says that polls done by Ekos use more up-to-date technology & put the Conservatives’ #’s lower. Interesting…
- Speaking of Conservatives, here’s a site to check out! To see what kind of awful stuff our PM has done, & help motivate you to do whatever you can to get him out, check it out!
- NOW Editor/CEO Alice Klein’s article “Shake off clichés” lists a # of sites & projects to check out.
- Project Democracy “is a tool to help you determine if there is a way to “amp up” your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding by riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion polls, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding.” (Some neat articles on the site – including the Alice Klein one mentioned above; check it out!!)
- Lead Now.ca “is an independent, youth-led advocacy organization that helps Canadians of all generations participate in their democracy. We’re working together to build a stronger democracy that protects our environment, creates economic opportunity while increasing equality, and guarantees that everyone receives the care they need.”
- Vote Mobs are part of the Lead-Now strategy.
- Pair Vote “Our goals for this election, based on the interests expressed by pair voters are (in order of priority):
- Prevent a false majority by the Conservatives by swapping non-Conservative votes in swing ridings where Conservative party may win – this party is the least motivated to reform anything, and the only majority threat.
- Elect Elizabeth May as first Green Party member of parliament so approximately one million Canadian voters have an official voice.
- For races mostly irrelevant to these goals (NDP-Liberal, Bloc-Liberal or Bloc-NDP), swap two ineffective votes for two effective votes.
- Where this is not possible, suggest a swap that makes one vote for an ideologically closely allied party effective against one that is less allied. (This includes swapping Libertarian and Christian Heritage votes to get effective Conservative votes while preserving the small party vote total).”
- Weekly NOW Magazine ‘Ecoholic’ columnist Adria Vasil says “It should be logistically impossible to sweep a whole planet under the rug, but politicians are brilliant magicians.” (Black magicians, hmmm?) She suggests donating to the Green Party/Elizabeth May campaign “whether you plan on voting NDP, Green or Lib in your riding” because “without her, green politics will more easily fade to black in the House after the election.”
- Catch 22 is not mentioned by Ms. Klein. From the site: “The Catch 22 Campaign is a cross-country, grassroots, multi-partisan, pro-democracy, volunteer, campaign which started in January 2010. Our goal is to provide specific voting advice to help anti-Harper voters defeat as many incumbent Conservative MPs as possible. We'll do this by supporting the opposition candidate with the best chance to win. We have identified a limited number of close ridings where vote splitting has to be overcome. We are now registered as an official Third Party with Elections Canada so that we can advertise during the election. Catch 22 is not affiliated with any political party, candidates or organizations. Based on riding by riding analysis, we are recommending to anti-Harper voters in those target ridings who we think has the best opportunity.”
I am going to check out these initiatives more thoroughly myself. For sure, I will vote Green, though, as I have in several previous elections. Both my heart & head tell me to do so…
Well. All this has put me in the mood for a little humour. I think I’ll go to the “Shit Harper Did” site & have some chuckles. Later in the day I’ll be making phone calls to help the Green Party campaign. I sure do want to see Elizabeth May get a seat in Parliament. That would make not only my day, but my year!!
P.S. Check out the Elizabeth May endorsers’ list here If you scroll down on that page, you’ll find good articles, too. Don’t forget to check out the Green Party platform! (Vision Green covers every issue important to Canadians. Don Drummond, former Chief Economist at TD Bank, gave Vision Green high marks & said no other party has anything like it!)
P.P.S. Good comic-style-type analysis here "Which Canada Will YOU Vote for?"
P.P.P.S. Please, please, please, Canadians of all (voting) ages: Vote! Spend an hour checking out the sites listed here. There is nothing more pressing at this time than working to oust Harper!!!!
P.S. # 4: One excellent possible & relevant ‘Quote of the day’: “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – George Jean Nathan, 1882-1958