As election day approaches, Albertans need to ignore those who are attempting to play on their fears and cast their votes for the candidates and parties who best represent their views. When I talk to people, nobody tells me that they want to cast their vote out of fear. It is time that the Liberal, Progressive Conservative and NDP campaigns stop playing the game of ‘lesser evil’ entirely.
Despite all of the analysis and punditry nobody knows who will win this election. Trying to cast your ballot to prevent an outcome doesn’t work, and it misses one of the fundamental purposes of exercising your right as a citizen. The representatives we send to the legislature are there to look out for our interests, advocate for our causes and ensure that our needs and ideas are represented in government. Negative voting accomplishes none of these things.
Cast your vote for the person and the party you actually want to represent you – that way no matter what happens you were right.
Increasingly it looks like this election will result in a minority government. This means every individual vote is even more important than usual. Each individual MLA, regardless of party, will have enormous importance in such a balanced legislature. The Alberta Party looks forward to being able to work for Albertans in a setting which perfectly suits our emphasis on collaboration.
I urge everyone to vote for the person or party they feel will represent their community best. As Albertans we owe ourselves the best, not a lesser evil.
Leader, Alberta Party
Candidate, West Yellowhead
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Most voting is strategic in one way or another, voters have a strategy. The notion of being able to predict which candidate is best to support, and declaring it on a website has some serious issues. Not everyone is going to follow these suggestions and therefore votes will remain split. Their analysis to choose the “correct” candidate is not complete. The website does not even provide a reasonable forum for people to discuss the candidates and offer local perspectives.
As new parties come onto the scene, predicting voter outcome is increasingly challenging. Further, having a place that tells undecided voters how to vote, allows voters to make a decision without completely analysing their choices.
As for the frustration over new parties further splitting votes, I agree that this is hard to deal with, but politics are changing in this province. No ruling party that has been voted out of office in Alberta, has ever been reelected. It takes new ideas and brands to form government here. The conservative voters seem to have figured this out.
I’m not yet convinced the Alberta Party is the solution for our future, but I have a strong candidate who has a track record of making progress on issues I care deeply about. They say they are willing to talk about uniting policies and ideas. Instead of beating them up for trying to bring a new voice to this province, I feel we should give their strongest candidates a chance.
We need to vote for what we want if we are ever going to get it. Strategically “guessing” where to place your vote based on incomplete analysis and speculation is not going to get us anywhere fast.