Friday, September 26, 2008

Maybe it would be best if you didn’t vote for us!

"I'd rather have no Green seats and Stephen Harper lose, than a full caucus that stares across the floor at Stephen Harper as prime minister, because his policies are too dangerous,"-- Green Party leader Elizabeth May offering up her interpretation of the best strategies to keep Stephen Harper from extending his stay at 24 Sussex Drive.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has added an interesting twist to the October 14th election, speaking in Toronto on Thursday, May suggested that in those ridings where the Conservatives are within striking distance, Green supporters may wish to just migrate to the candidate with the best chance of turfing the Conservatives.

This of course would work against her goal of gaining a few actual sitting members in the House of Commons, but it seems that the Conservatives are such an anti environmental force that no sacrifice is apparently too great…

The conversion to strategic voting in effect builds on informal discussions with the Liberals recently, which seems to indicate a rather unofficial alliance with the Dion led team. Judging by some of the thoughts that May outlined for the Toronto Star editorial board this week, a few of her party members may be asking a few questions once she gets off that cross Canada train trip that she's currently on.
By asking voters to think over their vote and toss aside a Green candidate if necessary, we assume the Greens are hoping to reduce any potential vote splitting that could have seen the Conservatives claim a seat simply by a splintering off the votes on the left.

We wonder however if Ms. May passed the idea through the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding, which currently features a cavalcade of candidates battling to take the riding away from NDP incumbent Nathan Cullen, who is decidedly on the other side of the Conservative agenda.

By even running a candidate here, is her party, combined with the Liberals not in danger of taking away votes from the NDP? A move that may see the Conservative candidate sneak up the middle and claim the riding for the arch enemy of the Green Party and their leader.

The concept of strategic voting didn’t seem to get a ringing endorsement locally if the tone of a recent Daily News story can be read correctly, where the Green and NDP candidates both expressed a less than exuberant desire to see local voters allocate their votes in such a fashion.

The strategy of her thoughts as outlined in Toronto seems to be running counter productive to the process in this riding, leaving for a mixed message for the local Green candidate Hondo Arendt to take to the people when he shows up at their door…
Graphic above left - liberated from the blog Northern BC Dipper.

No comments: