A lot is being said lately about voting strategically to head off another Harper government, or even worse a Harper majority.
One blogger has gone so far as state that anyone that doesn't vote strategically hates Canada.
To that I'll let Jimbobby answer.
I will reiterate one point. It shows how ludicrous the FPTP voting system is when you have to consider how everyone else will vote in an effort to make your vote count and mean something. Otherwise, you're throwing it away.
But I want to talk about a Harper majority. Why do we (and I mean "we" as in me too) fear so much?
Hey it is possible that a ruthless, arrogant, asshole of assholes could be a good PM. Unlikely, but possible.
For me, it mainly comes back to Harper's infamous "Firewall Speech." Given the divisiveness of Harper's governing style, his campaign's attempts to ignite class wars and his inconsistent handling of regions; it is eminently feasible to believe that Harper's long term strategy is the dissolution of the Canadian nation. He would prefer to be President of Alberta than Prime Minister of Canada.
But should we let our fear rule us and over-ride all other voting considerations?
I say no. Vote for whomever closely mirrors your own views. Be it the local candidate or the leader of the party. But don't let Harper scare you into voting for someone you wouldn't normally. Even if it means the left splits the vote and Harper gets his majority.
Reacting to this fear underestimates your fellow citizen, business leaders, premiers, mayors and all other citizens of influence in this country. Even with a majority, its not that easy for Harper to destroy Canada (on purpose or otherwise). He is only one man, he has no special powers. As an Ontarian, we survived Harris. As Canadians, we will survive Harper. And there is a lesson there. Being a divisive figure eventually comes back to haunt you. Give Harper his 4 years of a majority. Let his true colours shine. And if he is as bad as we fear, come the next election the electorate will rip him a new one.
And if we don't, well then obviously this is something a large portion of the electorate truly wants. We are a democracy after all. A wish to weaken the federation is as legitimate a view point as wishing to strengthen it.