The Facebook Vote Swap group that is getting all the attention is beyond ridiculous.
I suppose this group has arisen from voters' (especially young voters) frustration over our antiquated electoral system but the only thing less representative than a first-past-the-post system, is an FPTP system that's been $%&@'ed with.
The more people trust this vote swap, the less representative the vote will be. The thing runs on the honour system for christssakes. This is an election people! People are not always honest. Especially people on the internet (see my earlier evidence of this phenomenon).
I'm a pretty honest person (brutally honest usually) and I'm still tempted to scam Liberals out of their votes through this system. But I won't. Because I care too to much about Canadian democracy. And because one look at my facebook profile would probably scare Liberals away anyways.
But I wouldn't put it past those interweb-saavy Tories. They are wily.
And the Greens. This is their big chance. Yesterday, the vote swap group had a list of ridings that needed specific votes. The list told us to vote Green in six ridings where the Greens didn't come in second (and not even third or fourth in most of them) and have no hope of winning. But we were supposed to believe that voting Green there is the best strategy for beating the Conservatives. With strategy like that one wonders if Conservatives aren't behind this thing. That would be a whole new level of wily. FYI- the list is gone now, after I and others made a massive fuss over it. Seriously, your friendly neighbourhood Dipper Chick took on the big bad creator of the group (actually he's very polite- probably a nice guy) and now the list is no more. That's power.
Questionable strategic value aside, the biggest flaw in this vote swap system lies in the group's major premise: that anyone but a Conservative is A-ok. That is one of the biggest fallacies that exists in Canadian politics. Sometimes I wonder if mass amounts of Canadians have sustained head injuries causing severe memory loss and amnesia that have made them forget the right-wing Liberal governments of the 1990's. If so, I am sorry for being so insensitive to your ignorance. But the fact remains- the Liberal Party is not left-wing. They are not the answer to stop all the things you don't like about Harper.
The Liberal governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin bled our social services dry causing the crises we have today in health care, post-secondary education, and numerous other important Canadian Institutions that they pretend to care about at election time. They did nothing on the environment, allowing polluting industries to spiral out of control. Many Liberal MPs even voted against same sex marriage. This is not a progressive bunch.
As for the Green Party, they have many conservatives in their ranks. And under Elizabeth May, they have become nothing more than Liberal cheerleaders. But my regular readers already know what I think of May and the Green Party. Here's a treat for those of you who don't.
New Democrats are the only ones who have been consistently progressive. They are the true founders of our universal health care system, they have always defended human rights (even when those rights are unpopular), they stood up to Harper against the mission in Afghanistan when others would not, and they look out for ordinary Canadians. Take note vote swappers who are fed up with our FPTP system- New Democrats are the only party in the HOC pushing for a more representative electoral system.
So when I think about stopping Harper, only one party comes to mind. Makes strategic voting so much simpler.
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