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Talking Politics

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In May of 2009 I wrote a post for Tenth to the Fraser called “Political Grinch“.  In it, I talked about why I’ve come to just blindly vote for the Green Party of Canada and walk away. I’ve apparently grown up quite a bit in two years since that provincial election, because this time, I’m paying attention and this time, I’m not just going to blindly vote for the party I *think* meets with my agenda. This time I’m voting because I want my vote to count.

The other day on Twitter, Jon Strocel from The V3H (which is kind of the sister site to Tenth- while Tenth is about New Westminster, they’re focussed on the TriCities area) posted a link to a rant from the Rick Mercer Report season finale which aired March 29th. I rarely get to watch live TV these days and if it’s not on my PVR chances are I’m missing it entirely so I missed the Rick Mercer Report Tuesday night. The best part for me often is the Rant at the end so I love that these things are available as little nuggets on YouTube.

Anyway, I digress.

If you dont feel like checking out the link to the Rick Mercer Report rant, here’s a summary: if you are between 18-24 you need to vote your arse off this federal election because no one is expecting you to and no one is going to even try and court your vote so why not take the country by surprise and speak up. It’s like, hipster subversive emo something-or-other. Rick says it much better than I. I’m not in that age category anymore, not by a long shot, but I sure do like the idea of rocking the vote and getting more and more young people out there.

This year I’ve been paying attention to what’s going on. I’ve been reading a lot and listening to my better-informed friends. One of the things that has previously turned me off about elections is the mud-slinging and the attack ads. So I’m simply tuning them out. (Ads based on humour are pretty good though – check out this link to an NDP one about Premier Christy Clark: “Can something taste…. mean?” Snicker snicker)

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And while in past years I would have blindly voted for the Greens because I *think* they represent me, I’ve made a point to learn more about the issues that I think are important, and find out where each party stands. My riding is New Westminster-Coquitlam, not to be confused with Burnaby-New Westminster, because New Westminster, teeny city though it may be, is divided down the middle. So, who I vote for differs from who my friends Will and Briana vote for even though we’re in the same city.

Although not official to Elections Canada until April 13th and I don’t know of any independants running yet, there are four candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring:

And although my tendencies are to vote Green (and Rebecca Helps’ long time affiliation with Girl Guides of Canada sure plays on my sympathy vote), I’ve made my mind up to vote this year for the NDP candidate in my area, Fin Donnelly. I am acquainted with Fin through my work at the market, and I know he is an honest and caring person who is open, approachable, and a hard worker. While I’m not in love with the NDP and it’s unlikely they’ll ever see a donation or a membership application from me, I recognize that there isn’t snowball’s chance in hell that Rebecca Helps is going to win and frankly, I want my vote to count. The NDP has enough environmental issues on their agenda that makes me feel they are close enough to my own personal beliefs (closer than the Conservatives or the Liberals), and my knowledge of Fin Donnelly as a candidate makes me comfortable with voting for the person, not the party.

Canadian friends, what about you?


For fun, I used the CBC Vote Compass (which, granted, has been criticized a fair amount but hey,) and was shocked that it told me I was a Liberal Party supporter which made me laugh and laugh and laugh. Apparently I had too many “somewhat” agrees or disagrees – I didn’t feel things strongly enough to be classed anything but Liberal.)


11 years ago


  1. NDP & for the same reasoning as you, I want my vote to count as much as I love the green party.

  2. I usually vote Green too but, to be honest, haven’t even looked at who is running in my riding. My riding may or may not have changed since I moved (but didn’t move that far). Let’s be honest though – I live in a Conservative hotbed (home to Harper himself) and so it is rare that anyone other than a Conservative gets elected around here. I think this must colour my beliefs somewhat because I like that the Green Party is fiscally conservative while I feel the NDP is just a little too “let’s bankrupt the country” for my liking. And Elizabeth May is the only leader that I like.

  3. It slays me that New West is divided in half. I’m not sure how I managed to miss that the last election but I was driving to Coquitlam last week and I was all, hey, how come there are still Diana Dilworth signs? And I’m in Coquitlam? What?

    I am a big fan of the local representation. I can’t vote based on a federal leader because they all make me squirmy. In a bad way. I grew up in Svend Robinson’s riding and it gave me hope and faith in humanity when this out, gay dude won EVERY SINGLE TIME in a riding that was full of Catholics and old people. Because he was a damn good MP (until the unfortunate nervous breakdown) and people could see it. He worked his butt off. He was always in his office on Hastings St, waving at passers by.

    Fin reminds me of Svend in that way. And, vote compass, *shockingly,* (<–sarcasm) told me that I am a social liberal, so there you have it. Done and done.

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