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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

New Liberal fundraising drive: "Strategic Voting"

We all know the Liberal Party of Canada is flat BROKE... they've even had to borrow to finance this entire campaign.

But people forget that when they vote for a particular party, that party also gets $1.86 PER YEAR in taxpayer funding.

With their current polling numbers, the Liberals know that their annual taxpayer funding is on the way down... and right now, that's their predominant source of funding for the Party. As such, they've pulled out that old canard which they've used so sucessfully on Canadians in the past... "Strategic Voting".

Notice it's ONLY ever the Liberals who use that one? That's because it only ever helps the Liberals.

But what about all those voters who are looking for genuine change? What about all those voters who want to vote Green, but are thinking about switching to the Liberals at the last minute?

But do Canadians realize that by "voting strategicly", they may in fact be only perpetuating the status-quo, and depriving the Green Party of tens of thousands of dollars of future funding? Ottawa Centre Green candidate Jen Hunter pointed that out today in a Globe & Mail article.

Real change is about making choices. I don't personally support the Greens, but I do support their efforts to bring about a real alternative voice to politics as usual. (I'm still very strongly considering supporting the Green Party in the next provincial election, since the PC's haven't made any real effort to fix their problems... sorry Cam)

So, when it's time to vote, all things must be considered... including whether or not you want to stick with the status-quo. And a "Strategic Vote" for a Liberal candidate will do nothing for the cause of "Change".

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  • At Wed. Oct. 08, 11:46:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nanos gives the Libs 31%. That's up from the last election. Today's Harris-Decima poll has them up to 27%, only 4 back from the Cons.

    I can't imagine that Harper's observations from the National last night will do much to help.

    This thing is a horse race.

  • At Wed. Oct. 08, 12:04:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Jon said…

    I think the whole money/vote should be scrapped, the Conservatives show that if people believe in what you stand for, you can survive on donations alone, and don't need the handouts from the government. It also gives the feeling that we need to pay directly to vote (and it is different than the idea that Elections Canada spends tax money during an election)

    I love how the left thinks that they should get money for nothing, if people actually care about your product they will support you. If you don't like that, goto China.

    As far as the greens are concerned, I will never support them as long as Liberal-lite is in charge, I don't see that as any possible change/alternative to the other parties.


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