As much as I'd like to see a Green candidate win, there's just no way it's happening in this election. Heck, even the NDP are considered far too radical in almost all of Alberta. This leaves us with only the Liberal candidate, who luckily is articulate and intelligent (ie: a good choice regardless). And mainstream enough to have a shot at winning.
Please spread the word. We can't keep splitting our votes and handing the HarperCons easy wins.
I agree that vote splitting is a dangerous game, and I DO NOT want Michelle Rempel to win.
And that is one reason why I'm voting Green; the party with momentum, both nationally and in Calgary Centre North.
Stephen Randall, while a fine candidate, is running for the Liberal party... with all the baggage of the NEP. No Liberal has won in Alberta since 1968.
I respect your choice, and sincerely hope that it works... Does the Green campaign in Calgary Centre North have an organized plan for getting the vote out on May 2? It's going to require an incredible effort to stop Harper's trained seal from winning...
My generation (fortunately) has no idea what the NEP was :)
Funny you should mention that; I've been working on the database for several hours, and I just replied to an email from our volunteer coordinator.
So yes, we have a plan.
I understand there was a forum last night (Monday) for Calgary North Centre candidates. If you attended, what did you think?
I wasn't there, because I'm overseas at the moment... but judging from the online stream, I felt that Randall did the best job of all the candidates there. Not to say that the Green candidate was bad in any way, shape or form; just that I can't see the mainstream in Calgary going Green...
That said, if anyone out there *is* voting Green and truly thinks they have a shot, then please round up every single person you know in your riding and drag them out to the polling stations. It's going to require an *incredibly* concerted (and ORGANIZED) effort to strategically vote the Greens in!
I'm rooting for the Liberals and NDP in other ridings across the country, but Calgary Centre North is a strong one for the Greens. Given the results of the last election as well as the fact that Heather is doing tons more campaign work than our 2008 candidate did, and has a bigger team of volunteers, I think she has a VERY good chance of winning. If the Greens finish behind the Liberals in CCN, I'd be shocked. And if the Liberal supporters swung in to vote for Heather, she would certainly win over Ms. Remple.
Have you seen the Mac vs PC videos I did with Heather? Here's my favorite of the four:
The Liberals are the ones to win, Andrew. You made a good choice in picking Randall as your choice in 2011.
Elections Prediction Project agrees with you: http://www.electionprediction.org/2009_fed/riding/48003.php Only one NDP supporter on there, and no Greens. It might be mostly Conservatives, but the minority Liberal presence there
In the last week Randall has doubled his twitter followers. I would like to say he has momentum but I would prefer not to jinx him. Also, there isn't anything more fake than seeing web posters or twitter users declaring that their candidate has momentum or such-and-such doesn't have momentum. It reeks of fakeness and desperation.
The Liberal candidate has also received many times more media attention that either of the other opposition candidates. He is running a better campaign and getting more attention than the other candidiates. He is also the best candidate, to be totally honest, and should receive your vote irregardless of strategic voting.
Interesting take on things, Vincent... Though as Bob Morgan points out above, the critical issue is *stopping Harper*, not stumping for any one particular party over another. It's great to hear that Randall may have a shot (?), and honestly the only reason I gave him my vote was that I felt that without any recommendation, he seemed like the best option (ie: most mainstream candidate).
From what I'm seeing though, I'm very worried that the left is going to split between the Green and Liberal...
We need to consolidate our votes behind the candidate with the best chance to stop Rempel. That's all.
Green volunteers: Do you have enough committed voters on your lists to make this happen? Coming "close, but not quite" is basically going to be a disaster for Canada as a whole. :(
Ah, the fella over at threehundredeight nicely summarized what I'm trying to convey (emphasis mine, for our particular riding just change "NDP" to "Green"):
And that is the difference between voting intentions and actual votes. Voting Conservative or Liberal or Bloc is nothing new for a lot of voters, so saying they intend to vote for those parties is not a stretch. Saying they will vote for the NDP, a party that they have likely never voted for in the past, is far less likely to hold true when they reach the ballot box.
So, again... if you think Green has the best chance to upset Rempel, you have to be going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that you get the vote out.
"no way it's happening in Alberta..."
Well, I was one of over 80 people waving Green Party signs and green scarves on the Centre St. Bridge for two hours on Thursday as the rush hour traffic was coming north into Calgary Centre North; Heather MacIntosh was there, as always. I saw 4 thumbs down, and one upraised finger, but I heard HUNDREDS of honks and saw many, many thumbs up and supportive waves.