[kwlug-disc] Asking questions of candidates during the election.

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Fri Apr 1 12:07:10 EDT 2011

Splitting the vote isn't always as simple as that.  And sometimes voting 
for the party that doesn't have a chance, gives them a chance.

Remember Bob Rae?  I was at Canada's Wonderland the next day with 
friends, asked my buddy who he'd voted for.  Bob Rae, as a protest vote, 
knowing he'd never get in.  I had done the same.  So had apparently a 
lot of the rest of Ontario.  Wouldn't vote Liberal or Conservative in 
that election, so threw my vote out as a deliberate 'none of the 
above'.  And Bob Rae got elected.  He was probably surprised as the rest 
of us :).

Kitchener (or was it waterloo) saw how important one or two votes were 
in the last election when Frank Etherington got elected by a slim margin 
after three recounts.

My suggestion is to leverage your vote.  Pick your candidate and help 
them.  Donate time or money, whatever you have more of.  Do some action 
that's above and beyond just casting your vote.

On 01/04/11 11:54 AM, Darryl O'Neill wrote:
> Andrew Telegdi lost the 2008 vote to Peter Braid by 17 votes.  I know 
> of 4 people who voted Green who were kicking themselves when they 
> found out that Peter Braid won.
> If your green party candidate is likely to win then by all means vote 
> for them.  If they are likely to be 3rd, 4th or 5th place then vote 
> for the Liberal or NDP candidate most likely to win.  Otherwise, the 
> party with the worst green record may get a majority.
> Paul Nijjar wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 11:35:20PM -0400, Darcy Casselman wrote:
>>> Cathy MacLellan is very good.  I like her a lot.  She doesn't have a
>>> hope of getting more than a few percent in the polls, though. 
>> Last time she got 12.10% of the vote (which some speculate is why we
>> have Peter Braid as MP now).
>> http://www.elections.ca/scripts/OVR2008/31/7383.html
>> Will things be different this time? Time will tell. If I was a gambler
>> then I would be willing to bet money she won't win, though.
>> - Paul
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