It’s a three way

The McLeod River Post - - Election Talking Points - Ian McInnes

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.

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