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Old 09-20-2015, 04:33 PM
 
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That's really interesting; thanks for sharing! What really confuses me is that some people are voting for the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois, even though it doesn't seem like either of those parties stand much of a chance of winning. Would it not be a better idea for them to just go with their second choice for now and then try again next time, rather than risk having their least favorite party elected?
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:57 PM
 
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That's really interesting; thanks for sharing! What really confuses me is that some people are voting for the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois, even though it doesn't seem like either of those parties stand much of a chance of winning. Would it not be a better idea for them to just go with their second choice for now and then try again next time, rather than risk having their least favorite party elected?
Only people in Quebec can vote for the Bloc Quebecois, and you will always get their devoted members to vote for them. They currently have 2 seats in the House of Commons.

The Green party currently has 3 seats in the House of Commons.

Both parties know that they will not form the government, or even the opposition, but their voices are heard.
Elizabeth May of the Green Party ( born in the USA by the way ) is greatly admired by many people who vote for the other parties. She is force and considering they only have 3 seats, their message is heard nationally and fairly loudly.

People in the past probably voted more in lines of what party they believe in..but in Canada there isn't the same loyalty that seem to exist in the US. We will turn on say the Liberals and go vote NDP or vice versa if we think it's the best thing to do.

What is going to be very interesting in this election is if people who are more " loyal " to a party and never would of switched easily in the past, will do so this time, since they are ready to settle for anything other than another Conservative government.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:20 PM
 
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I've heard only negative things about Harper, so to those of you who support him, I was wondering, what is your reasoning for that? I'm not being judgemental; I'm just curious. I've heard plenty of people talk about why they DON'T support the conservatives (I happen to be very liberal myself), but I'd like to hear the other side of the story as well. Thank you in advance! And I'm really sorry for any misunderstandings caused by my own ignorance; I'm an American who has only recently started paying attention to Canadian politics.
Bear in mind: we don't directly elect a PM. We vote for a local MP, who belongs to a party. The party elects their leader. If the party forms the government following a national election, then that party's leader becomes the PM. So it's quite possible to support a party's overall platform, regardless of who the current party leader may be.
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