You know, I was all set to vote NDP. I told myself that given that we did not have MMP yet, it was the logical, sensible thing to do, as a vote for the Green Party really wouldn't mean much under the current system, whereas in my riding the NDP candidate just might have a shot at defeating the incumbent do-nothing Liberal.
And given that (a) the province in general does not seem to Conservatively inclined at the moment, and (b) my riding in particular has not elected a Conservative since maybe the late Paleolithic era, I wasn't really worried about taking votes away from the Liberals by voting NDP and thus inadvertently getting a Tory elected. Side note: I think the Tories only choose people they really don't like to run in Davenport. Like the Irkans sending Invader Zim to Earth - it's kind of a way of getting rid of them while looking like you're doing them a favour: "Here, we have a special
assignment for you: go run in this riding where the population is more likely to all simultaneously contract 24-hour Ebola
than elect you! Run along now!"
But when I actually got my ballot -- after dealing with the referendum first, as I was far more strongly opinionated about that
than about the actual choice of candidate -- I saw that the Green candidate in my riding was none other than Frank de Jong, the leader of the Ontario Green Party. I had actually seen his name on signs around the area, and wondered vaguely why the signs all listed the party leader instead of the local candidate. Duh! The party leader is
the local candidate!
For a brief moment I tried to resist the magnetism drawing my pencil-clutching hand further up the ballot than I had intended. Party leader or no, voting Green just doesn't make sense in this stupid FPTP* system, I told myself. Vote strategically! You know you should!
And then I thought "Fuck
strategic voting," and put my X next to the name of Frank de Jong.
Really, what could I do? Green Party leader! Plus he is Dutch, which is always a bonus. (Hint: those of you who know my last name can reverse-engineer it by turning the double-E back into a double-A.)
Anyway: in the long run I doubt it made any difference, as the results in thus far
point to a whopping Liberal majority, and the aforementioned do-nothing incumbent appears to have already gotten twice as many votes as Ferreira and de Jong combined. Oh well.
Too soon to know for sure how the referendum is doing... At present, the percentage of the popular vote seems to be getting nicely up there, but the percentage of overall ridings which it apparently also has to win (I didn't know about that part) is not good. Kind of ironic: it's mirroring the exact situation the MMP system is supposed to correct! Grrr.ETA (several hours later):
Referendum soundly defeated. Poo. No chance of my votes ever actually making a difference, I guess.
* "First Past The Post", as the current system is usually called.