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Calgary Centre Byelection: Polls Open Today In Canada's Most-Watched Vote

Calgary Centre Byelection: Polls Open Today In Canada's Most-Watched Vote

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 14:00:07 in Canada Alberta

“Proportional representation would work but I'm open to almost any kind of electoral change. Also, you don't need to have a majority government to make change - the Conservatives had a minority government for years and a concerted effort by Layton and the other parties in Parliament could have forced some kind of action on the issue. But it benefits everyone else that the Greens have been frozen out so nothing was ever done. Even now, how much talk from the Liberals and NDP do you hear about electoral reform being a priority? Their supporters prefer to keep hoping against hope that Green supporters will see the light and switch to them.”
Calgary Centre Byelection: Polls Open Today In Canada's Most-Watched Vote

Calgary Centre Byelection: Polls Open Today In Canada's Most-Watched Vote

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 13:47:03 in Canada Alberta

“I'm a Calgary Centre voter voting for Green Party candidate Chris Turner, which is the proper "strategic" vote for those of us who want electoral reform. What people advocating for strategic voting really want is a "tactical" vote for this particular by-election, which is a strategic loser in the long term.

The Liberals and NDP have had many chances to change the electoral system in a way that would ensure that the Conservatives never had power again, but the leadership of those parties is enamoured with the idea that someday *they* will control Parliament. Shared decision-making between Liberal, NDP and Green MPs is the last thing they want, which is why this issue comes up in every close election.

The time Liberal and NDP supporters spend trying to convince people like me to abandon my preferred party and voting choice would be much better spent lobbying their leadership to fix the electoral system. Jack Layton actually promised to do this at one point, and then reneged.”

cowman on Nov 26, 2012 at 13:50:39

“What kind of electoral reform are you looking for?

Jack Layton never formed a government - hard to keep a promise to govern a certain way when never given the chance.”