In a Quandry... Vote or Not

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I don't remember the last time I didn't vote, likely 40 or so years ago, maybe longer. You know those years.

Yes, I've live in ridings where the party that I didn't support was a given to win, I still voted for the candidate/party of my choice, that's my right and my responsibility.

I've always had the rule, "if you don't vote you can't complain".

In 2006, I intended on voting after work. at around 3:00 PM I received news that my father had suddenly passed away. I voted later that day.

So what is the Federal election atmosphere today ?

The leader of the Federal party in power (although minority) in his "wisdom" decided to call an election years before his mandate was up. The wisdom of such a decision, which worked provincially for our NDP, is questionable. Quite likely will bite him in the butt.

Personally, I don't like any of the leaders of the parties.

Do I vote for the party that I generally support ? I like the local candidate even less than the party leader.

Do I vote for the candidate I like the best even though they don't represent the party I support ?

In my riding, the election of the incumbent is a given, a good candidate but representing a party that I don't support.

Or stay home make some popcorn and watch the results on TV and for the next four ??? years disobey my rule and continue to complain even though I didn't vote.

And a question... Am I the only one to see that the tradition of election promises completely ludicrous ?


• Parties that don't have a snowballs chance in hell to become government
- They could promise anything, it doesn't matter they're never going to have to come through

• Parties that do have a good chance. There's case law (someone tried to sue because a party didn't come through with a promise) that political parties make promises and don't keep them.

- Trudeau promised Election Reform in the 2015 election, got elected and said he wouldn't do it.

So what do we judge a politician on. Judge a political party on ???

and... what do you do when there no correct answer ? Should Elections Canada add another box to each ballot: "None of the Above"
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I feel the same way.

Generally, I vote conservative, although I did vote for Trudeau for his first term in office giving the young guy a chance but realized he was a complete idiot and went back to voting for conservatives again. Lesson learned.

Now I don't particularly like the conservative leader Erin O'Toole. Just doesn't feel like the man for the job and neither did Andrew Scheer.
I don't like Jagmeet for his socialist views and overall NDP platform.
Greens are basically done now after their inter-party issues became public.
Maverick and the Peoples Party are interesting but have no chance to get any seats. And I dislike the conservative vote being split 3 ways.

Voting for the local candidate is pointless because at the end of the day they will tow the party line no matter what their constituents say.

Voting for the Party platform is the only logical way to vote in my opinion and unfortunately, all of them are very disappointing.

I wish there was no such thing as a career politician. People should want to serve the country to make it better, not for the generous yearly salary and even more generous lifelong pensions.
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Eastern Canada decides for us who our masters will be.
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Catsumi wrote: Aug 31st, 2021, 5:11 pm Eastern Canada decides for us who our masters will be.
Yup, maybe each province get's 1 "electoral college vote" for prime minister. But then we'd have the mess the US has with a leader from one party and a parliament (in our case) potentially with a majority from a different party.
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Catsumi wrote: Aug 31st, 2021, 5:11 pm Eastern Canada decides for us who our masters will be.
I haven't done any research on this and maybe you know but doesn't the Conservative Party need Alberta and Saskatchewan to win a majority?
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Examine last 4 decades of voting outcomes and what weight was applied to outcome in East vs West
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Catsumi wrote: Aug 31st, 2021, 5:41 pm Examine last 4 decade of voting outcomes and what weight was applied to outcome in East vs West
B.C. has no say I understand that but I think Alberta and Saskatchewan have a say.
I will go and research. Thanks.
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:130:
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Sad to say, majority of my voting has zero to do with getting anyone "in"
More to do with getting someone 'out'

Not really the way it's supposed to work.

0% of Federal candidates are worth a tinkers damn.
All cut from the same cloth.
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dirtybiker wrote: Aug 31st, 2021, 8:04 pm Sad to say, majority of my voting has zero to do with getting anyone "in"
More to do with getting someone 'out'

Not really the way it's supposed to work.

0% of Federal candidates are worth a tinkers damn.
All cut from the same cloth.
Agree and hardly worth even voting.

There should be a none of the above and if enough picked it they should have to start over with new candidates.

I think our political system is greatly lacking!
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There is only one person to vote for if you want Trudeau gone……he may not be the best but he’s better, and has some good people around him.
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