[kwlug-disc] Parliament adjourned ... bills dead (again!)?

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Sun Apr 3 12:45:23 EDT 2011

On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 12:34 PM, Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com> wrote:
> On 2011-04-03 at 11:38:23  Darcy Casselman wrote:
>> I would probably vote for Cathy MacLelland
>> except the result of my doing so means I get Peter Braid as my
>> representative in Parliament.
> But Peter Braid is the representative in Parliament anyway.  So not only do
> you not get the candidate you voted for, you don't get the candidate who
> represents your interests.
> If everyone who "would probably vote for Cathy MacLellan" actually voted for
> Cathy MacLellan then the political landscape might look different...
> For this upcoming Federal Election why not try voting for the candidate who
> truly represents your interests, instead of vote swapping or voting
> "strategically"?  In a region that has only a single party representing all
> four ridings, it certainly can't get any worse.

I won't harp on about this, I promise, but I feel I need to clarify my point.

Peter Braid doesn't represent my views at all.  Cathy MacLellan does,
but does not have the support needed in the community (I haven't done
polling, but I think I can be reasonably sure of this) to win the
seat.  Andrew Telegdi may not represent my views as well (actually,
except for the technology stuff, he does, but his party slightly less
so) and does have popular support.  So I'm voting for him.  This
stands the greatest chance in resulting in an outcome I can live with.

For the record, I support changes to our electoral system so that I
don't have to do this sort of calculus.


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