A lot of people think that a Green vote could split the opposition and make it more likely that we end up with something they really don’t want: a Conservative majority in Parliament. But I don’t think that makes all that much sense. Here are some reasons why I think it’s “strategic” to vote Green.
- Green voters have had a great influence on the development of policy and options in Canada — two of the other major parties now sport imitation Green climate change policies (as much like the real one as that Gucci bag at the flea market, but still, better than nothing). So our votes count, even when they don’t produce seats.
- We have a real chance to elect MPs this time around, and think about it: wouldn’t you rather have 20 Green MPs sitting in opposition, than no Greens? Why would we sacrifice the opportunity to vote for who we want to just to ensure another Parliament like the last one?
- Canadians have been voting “strategically” (that is, for their least-feared, instead of best-loved, option) for years. Look what it’s got us. The last Parliament was, by all accounts, dysfunctional. That’s not good for Green values, and it’s not good for Canada.
- Our votes should make us feel good. We should vote according to our consciences. Second-guessing 20 million other voters and the system isn’t a great gamble. We should vote Green because we want to.
- Voting Green shows support for reform of the voting and representation system in Canada that would make all this worry about “strategy” at the polling booth evaporate. Mixed-Member Proportional Representation would ensure that every vote counted for what it is: an expression of people’s beliefs, values, and ideas.