Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Andrew Coyne and Rob Mason each discuss Justin Trudeau’s broken promise of a fairer electoral system. Chantal Hebert observes that the commitment itself – however frequently and fervently repeated – looks to have been little more than a cheap campaign prop. And Karl Nerenberg highlights how the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? ...

Cowichan Conversations: Welcome Back To Canada- The Sun Is Shining Brighter!

It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. This post should write itself. I should be able to rest my fingers on the keyboard and have them automatically write of the defeat of Conservative PM Read more…

Accidental Deliberations: #elxn42 – Election Day Resources

For all the time spent on Canada’s federal election, it’s now time for voters to have their say. And anybody looking for basic information on where and how to vote should start with Elections Canada or a trusted local campaign. For anybody wanting to read up on the factors which may help determine how to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Election 2015 and Strategic Voting: Madness, or Practical Necessity?

An economic and political analysis of Canada, neoliberalism, and the world Get a cup of coffee or tea, or a glass of wine, and settle in – this is not sound-bite commentary. We are going to dig deep. “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It pains me to ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Nipissing—Timiskaming: vote Liberal

The riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming was one of the closest in the country in 2011. The Conservative Jay Aspin defeated the Liberal Anthony Rota by a mere 18 votes.  The NDP received 8,781 and the Greens 2,518. Clearly this is a riding where strategic voting is desired.  Nor is it difficult to see that strategic voters should line up ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Nipissing—Timiskaming: vote Liberal

The riding of Nipissing—Timiskaming was one of the closest in the country in 2011. The Conservative Jay Aspin defeated the Liberal Anthony Rota by a mere 18 votes.  The NDP received 8,781 and the Greens 2,518. Clearly this is a riding where strategic voting is desired.  Nor is it difficult to see that strategic voters should line up ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

If polls are to be believed, the Liberals are dominating in Ontario. Grenier’s poll tracker projects the Liberal support in Ontario at 43% and the Conservatives down to 31%: Ontario Polls from Poll Tracker This shift against Harper is showing up on the ground in ridings that one would normally assume are fairly safe, such as Perth-Wellington, ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Perth-Wellington: vote Liberal

If polls are to be believed, the Liberals are dominating in Ontario. Grenier’s poll tracker projects the Liberal support in Ontario at 43% and the Conservatives down to 31%: Ontario Polls from Poll Tracker This shift against Harper is showing up on the ground in ridings that one would normally assume are fairly safe, such as Perth-Wellington, ...

Bouquets of Gray: Calgary Confederation, Skyview, and Centre: strategic voters should support the Liberals

Calgary Conferation,Calgary Skyview,Calgary Centre This election has a few more surprises than most, and the fracturing of the Conservatives’ fortress in Calgary might be one of them. A news story from the CBC reports that three Calgary ridings are surprisingly competitive: Calgary Centre, Calgary Confederation, and Calgary Skyview. This is also the interpretation of Eric Grenier over ...

Bouquets of Gray: Calgary Confederation, Skyview, and Centre: strategic voters should support the Liberals

Update, Oct. 17.   A new poll in Calgary Centre has the Liberals and Conservatives neck-and-neck.  Strategic voters could make the difference. Calgary Conferation,Calgary Skyview,Calgary Centre This election has a few more surprises than most, and the fracturing of the Conservatives’ fortress in Calgary might be one of them. A news story from the CBC reports that ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Edmonton Mill Woods: vote Liberal

Strategic voting inEdmonton Mill Woods Recent local polls are bringing up some more opportunities for strategic voters, one of them is Edmonton Millwoods. Edmonton Millwoods is a new riding located in south-east Edmonton. It was formed from the previous riding of Edmonton-Millwoods-Beaumont, which was once represented by Liberal David Kilgour. A new poll conducted by MainStreet Research ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Edmonton Mill Woods: vote Liberal

Strategic voting inEdmonton Mill Woods Recent local polls are bringing up some more opportunities for strategic voters, one of them is Edmonton Millwoods. Edmonton Millwoods is a new riding located in south-east Edmonton. It was formed from the previous riding of Edmonton-Millwoods-Beaumont, which was once represented by Liberal David Kilgour. A new poll conducted by MainStreet Research ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas: vote Liberal

Update, Oct. 17: the votetogether.ca team has endorsed Tassi, the Liberal candidate in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, as the best positioned to defeat the Conservatives. Strategic Voting in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas (HWAD) is a new riding made up of the urban and suburban parts of what used to be Ancaster-Dundas-Flamorough-Westdale.  Its formation resulted in the rural ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas: New poll show Liberal lead

Strategic Voting in Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas (HWAD) is a new riding made up of the urban and suburban parts of what used to be Ancaster-Dundas-Flamorough-Westdale.  Its formation resulted in the rural polls of Flamborough being joined with Glanborough to form a new largely rural riding. HWAD should now be a three-way race, with Conservative ...

The Canadian Progressive: 8 Ridings Where Voters Can Defeat Harper by Strategically Voting NDP

A Vancouver-based data scientist recently identified 8 riding where voters can move a step closer to defeating Stephen Harper – and installing Thomas Mulcair as Canada’s next prime minister – by strategically voting NDP on Oct. 19. The post 8 Ridings Where Voters Can Defeat Harper by Strategically Voting NDP appeared first on The Canadian ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound: vote Liberal

Strategic voting in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound A new local poll reveals another riding that is surprisingly competitive: Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, which includes the city of Owen Sound and towns such as Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton, Wiarton, Lucknow, Hanover, and Meaford. The riding has been reliably Conservative since 2004, sending Larry Miller to Ottawa with ever increasing margins. The ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound: vote Liberal

Strategic voting in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound A new local poll reveals another riding that is surprisingly competitive: Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound, which includes the city of Owen Sound and towns such as Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton, Wiarton, Lucknow, Hanover, and Meaford. The riding has been reliably Conservative since 2004, sending Larry Miller to Ottawa with ever increasing margins. The ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Cariboo-Prince George: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Cariboo-Prince George Cariboo-Prince George is large and remote, making up some 80,000 sq. km. of central BC and includes the cities of Quesnel and Williams Lake. Cariboo-Prince George is not a place that one would expect the Conservatives to be vulnerable—it has been reliably Conservative since the late 70s. Recent polls, however, ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Cariboo-Prince George: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Cariboo-Prince George Cariboo-Prince George is large and remote, making up some 80,000 sq. km. of central BC and includes the cities of Quesnel and Williams Lake. Cariboo-Prince George is not a place that one would expect the Conservatives to be vulnerable—it has been reliably Conservative since the late 70s. Recent polls, however, ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Central Nova: vote Liberal

Strategic voting in Central Nova The riding of Central Nova in Nova Scotia is a riding where strategic voting could make a difference.  Its long-time MP, Peter MacKay, is not standing for re-election. MacKay had won with over 50% of the vote, and his decision to retire from politics hurts the Conservatives in Nova Scotia. ...

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic Voting in Central Nova: vote Liberal

Strategic voting in Central Nova The riding of Central Nova in Nova Scotia is a riding where strategic voting could make a difference.  Its long-time MP, Peter MacKay, is not standing for re-election. MacKay had won with over 50% of the vote, and his decision to retire from politics hurts the Conservatives in Nova Scotia. ...

CuriosityCat: Forum Poll: Why Stephen Harper has only 7 days left as prime minister

The Great Canadian 2015 Revolution The Harper government has, during its four years of majority government, managed to persuade millions of Canadians that they have to vote in a different way in this election. Harper managed to grab power by cementing his conservative base, and using wedge politics to open the gap between the split ...

CuriosityCat: Vive la revolution: Why Liberal and NDP supporters will decide how to vote despite their leaders

The Great Canadian 2015 Revolution The Harper government has, during its four years of majority government, managed to persuade millions of Canadians that they have to vote in a different way in this election. Harper managed to grab power by cementing his conservative base, and using wedge politics to open the gap between the split ...