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I've gone through the current platforms for our four major parties.

Here is how I rated their platforms.

Points with which I strongly agree:

NDP - 23 points
Liberal - 19
Greens - 12
Conservatives 5

Points with which I strongly disagree:

Conservatives - 14
NDP - 10
Greens - 8
Liberals - 7

For me, NDP have a slight edge over the Liberals on their platform. I'm surprised that I feel this way. If you had asked me to order the platforms just by eyeballing, and how I've historically voted, I would have said:

Green
Liberal
NDP
Conservative

This has been a good exercise because I feel much better about voting NDP this time around. I was already planning to vote NDP (for the first time ever) because I live in a swing riding, and I need to throw my support in the direction of the guy that just barely beat the Conservative candidate the last time around. It's too close a race between these two candidates to risk splintering off part of the vote.

Realistically speaking, Harper will probably get elected again (much to my deep aggravation), but I'm hoping that it will be another minority government.

What I really wish is that we could get rid of this #$$&^*&%$#@ post voting system.

Date: 2011-05-01 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohhellsyeah.livejournal.com
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only liberal Catholic in the world. Pinko highfive!

Date: 2011-05-01 08:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toezontheground.livejournal.com
We used to have First-Past-the-Post here in NZ too. It sucked - though no system is perfect: democracy depends on the wisdom, vigilance, and participation of the electorate - and it seems to me there are a lot of people (from all corners of the political compass) who are stupid and/or ignorant about politics. At least though with a proportional system representation better matches society: Parliament is no longer just a herd of white males in suits.

I haven't had much info down this way, but I gather politics has been in a sorry state in Canada recently - like a collective loss of inspiration & direction?

Date: 2011-05-01 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavendersparkle.livejournal.com
What I really wish is that we could get rid of this #$$&^*&%$#@ post voting system.

I hope there are British people reading this and taking note.

Date: 2011-05-01 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mahogany.livejournal.com
That is hilarious! Although I would much prefer proportional represenatation, even AV would be better than our current FPTP system.

We actually had a referendum on proportional voting - the STV system here in BC a few years ago. The first referendum had almost 58% of the population support, but it needed 60% to pass. The second time around it fell apart and the support dropped to 39%. I was annoyed with the voting public over that one. What the hell is wrong with British Columbians? I think the issue is dead - at least for a while.

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