It’s a three way
At last we’re into the end game. Our next edition will be reporting the results. I don’t know how to call it locally the campaign here has not exactly been electric. I haven’t had one candidate to my door. The last by-election even though it was an overwhelming majority for the Conservatives the voter turn out was honestly, feeble.
Listening to people in the community the message has been somewhat mixed, change, no change. Whether we’ll see a repeat of the PC turn around in the Provincial elections I’m not sure. This time it might just be the NDP and Liberals cancel each other out and the Conservatives win by not losing. A similar theme could play out nationally.
The polls are too close to call but point to a slim majority or a minority government in a tight three way race. Any which way will mean parties won’t be able to implement their full manifesto, which I think is a good thing. Why not take the best from all of them for the good of the country?
I do think there is a wild card though. Voter turnout. From the advance polls it looks like more people are motivated and there looks to be a groundswell for some change, any change against the incumbents that I last saw when Margaret Thatcher was in office. Will people vote tactically? Voting for the person that has more chance of winning then for their preferred party, it certainly looks like there may be an element.
The leader debates kind of fizzled out for me in the end. Maybe as an addition next time we could see a leader given 30 minutes in front of a live audience taking questions that are not known to the leader in advance. That might be illuminating.
Most of all I really hope more people will vote especially young people. It is their future at stake here. People have and do fight and die for the right to vote. If you have that right please use it.