Voting with a purpose
You can’t flip a coin and expect anything but heads or tails. Yet, we somehow always convince ourselves to flip-flop between the same two parties every election. We no longer vote to be heard or to make a statement, we vote to ‘win’ and in doing so ensure we lose every time. We’re our own worst enemies!
“Strategic Voting” is a powerful piece of rhetoric that, combined with our constant outrage, convinces us to vote against our best interest. We are so desperate to remove ‘Heads’ from government that we vote in a landslide for ‘Tails’; the new majority government (or rather, the few in charge of it) is given complete control of the province for four years of corrupt, arrogant, short-sighted behavior; after four years we’re so angry at ‘Tails’ we vote in a landslide for ‘Heads’ again. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s insane, and we keep doing it. What’s the point of choosing one of two ruts in the road, when the road is in the wrong direction?
Our worst-case scenario in 2019 isn’t another Liberal government. It’s not even another Conservative government. Our worst-case scenario is another majority government, and I know just the cure: vote alternatives. If we start voting for our beliefs, for other parties and independent candidates, we can prevent that out-of-control majority and put the brakes on this mess. We’re told that a vote for NDP/Indy/New is a waste, but I believe quite the opposite is true. If we need a $20 bill, what’s the sense in voting for loonies?