There is only one opposition candidate that makes sense to support. Elizabeth May is running neck and neck with Gary Lunn. To support either the Libs or NDP in this riding is to help ensure a victory for Gary Lunn and isn't that what we are trying to avoid. In other ridings the Lib or NDP is the logical choice because of past electoral history etc. Elizabeth May chose this riding because it was identified as the riding with the greatest amount of support for environmental issues and polls in the riding show Ms May is in the best position of the opposition candidates to unseat this particular Conservative candidate.
It is such a shame that fine parties/candidates are pitted against each other the way they are in a FPP electoral system. I have been waiting for someone in Parliament to at least kickstart a national dialogue on electoral reform. With proportional representation voter turnout would increase, I have no doubt. Elections would be more issue-oriented.
FYI I voted Liberal, Briony Penn, last time.
After the election was stolen from Briony I wrote to the Liberals and asked how I could support them in a protest or investigation into the fraud that was perpetrated. I received no reply.
I've been canvassing for Elizabeth ever since she moved to the area because of her lengthy history, depth of experience, knowledge and known strength of character. She is so knowledgeable about climate as well as the whole array of local, national and international issues facing us. She has proven strength of character in the face of mean-spirited politics and biased media manipulation. I've never canvassed before in my life. It was an easy decision after seeing elections come and go from the sidelines since the 1960's. Candidates like Elizabeth May don't show up in one's riding often.
Neither the NDP nor the Liberals own this riding. The Conservatives have had it for a long time. With Elizabeth May in the House of Commons, both the NDP and the Liberals will be facing one less Conservative MP.
All three candidates opposing Mr. Lunn in this riding are women. Bonus. It looks to me as if Elizabeth has, by far, the greatest chance to unseat Gary Lunn. Let's do it together.
It's good to see a candidate like Renee Heatherington running. Bravo to her.
I'd like to point out that the Nobel-winning climate scientist, Andrew Weaver, supports Elizabeth May.
With proportional representation both Elizabeth May and Renee Heatherington could possibly have seats. I have had to choose one only and Elizabeth May is my clear choice.
Sooner or later, in spite of all of the serious immediate issues, Canadians will address the inequity in our electoral system.
wouldn't it be lovely if the candidates released their supporters to vote for her, we could then focus our attention on other ridings, perhaps set a precedent - alternatively, people could just do it, declare themselves for elizabeth may, building a people's coalition.
i know, its just a fantasy, but what it....
I think you know what he means. As in the election where Dion and May did not pit MPs against eachother. The best option is less Harper, by whatever means necessary. I think this should be done by whoever has the best chance. May in SGI's case.
I believe any other option is selfish *cough* Pat *cough*.
Ugh, more vote-splitting.
I am sure Ms May's experience and vigour would ensure all ABC voters would be more than content. I saw her speak recently and she was great.
Please unite against the one main threat, we don't need any more senseless vote-splitting. That is what Harper wants.
Elizabeth May has much support on SSI. She is high profile, and the deep respect of residents. Catch 22 has supported her throughout the campaign, and although Heatherington is a climate scientist, May has much more experience in politics. People can see through that I think.
Pat, if you want a more recent poll, try this one: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/decision-canada/Green+poll+puts+El... It was executed by Oraclepoll Research Ltd, and was released today.
The older poll you are referring to, is nine months old, and was not faulty then. It was executed by McAllister Opinion Research, and its methods have not been faulted. The fault you refer to is discussed in a document commissioned by "Green Party Strategies"(GPS), a group funded by a private individual opposed to Elizabeth May. GPS had commissioned a poll with which they were not satisfied, owing to the fact that it confirmed the Green Party poll of August 2010, so they commissioned a document to fudge the results. They then compounded the confusion, by making their own poll disappear, making people think their "correction" referred to the Green Party poll. Despite the litigeous nature of GPS, if feel fairly safe in suggesting that in my personal opinion, if they had an honest point to make, they would not find it necessary to obscure the facts in this way. I believe they have been very careful to mislead without presenting an outright lie. In modern Canadian politics, that seems to be what passes for "honourable".