Well, here we are. With a provincial election looming over us and some rather daunting poll results, it’s unfortunately come time to vote for the lesser of the evils.
If you’re a young person, a progressive, a visual or sexual minority, or like a little more Canada and a little less USA in your local politics, you may want to start thinking about voting strategically against the Wild Rose Party.
I generally don’t agree with strategic voting as a viable means of enacting change. I’m also not the most politically educated person in town, to be sure, but I’m really weary of this impending Wild Rose surge and I simply encourage undecided voters who have liberal values to consider voting for the left-leaning party that has the best chance of taking a seat from WR in their riding.
This isn’t outright “strategic voting,” it’s kind of a hybrid. Of the parties that relate to your values, consider choosing the one that has the best chance of taking ground away from WR.
Here’s a great debate on CBC radio between Alvin Finkel, co-chair of changealberta.ca, and David Climenhaga, a political blogger albertadiary.ca and NDP supporter. http://www.cbc.ca/radioactive/episode/2012/04/19/should-you-strategic-vote/
I’m not going to try and convince you what your beliefs should be, but if you’re concerned about a Wild Rose win – I’m talking to you.
Here’s what you need to do if you want to fight for a progressive Alberta
- Find your constituency: http://wtv.elections.ab.ca/wtWhereDoIVote.cfm?WTVSrch=U
- See which progressive, left leaning candidate has the best chance of winning in your riding: http://changealberta.ca/winnablecandidates.aspx
- VOTE strategically for the progressive candidate who is closest to winning
- Spread the word! Share this page or the ChangeAlberta website with whatever means you see fit.
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