RE: Strategic Voting and the Fear of Wasting a Vote
With all due respect to Tim Hortons, there are some institutions that are held even dearer by Canadians: the old age pension, unemployment insurance, and universal medical care among them. And it will be news to many that not one of these obligations to Canadians was initiated by a governing political party. It was the work instead, of “fringe” MP’s that kept minority governments in power.
Fortunately, back when coffee was 10 cents if you had it, enough of our parents and grandparents hung their hopes and votes on eccentric candidates who put their neighbour’s interests ahead of their party’s. And from that, a tiny minority of MPs set in motion the programs that contribute to the compassionate fabric of Canadian society.
On October 19th it will be our turn to reintroduce into parliament the notion that government exists to serve, and to elect members that will earnestly work to protect the pensions, the health care, and the livelihoods of other than themselves.
Contrary to what so-called strategists and political “pundits” may spout, no vote is wasted on a candidate who will promote justice, fairness and well-being for our families and our neighbours — no matter how small their chance of forming a government, or how small their party.
James Marshall, Cornwall