In the past I’ve supported voting for the Liberal party, and the election boycott. In what could be described a flip-flop, I’m now supporting the NDP due to their surge, and the possibility of them becoming the new left governing party of Canada.
I continue to hold my view that elections within a situation where parties rely heavily on elite support are not likely to be political events, and that we should work through electoral to minimize the disaster rather than believe that this system of elections can get us a governing system which actually takes the interests of humans as a whole into account. However, if the NDP were to win the election, this might be something like semi-politics. The NDP are less bankrupt than the other parties precisely because they have in the past been considered unelectable. However, certain changes in their stances, such as Layton’s new tough-on-crime initiative, indicate that they are fully willing to play the PR game with the best of them.
On a whole, I don’t really have time for this election. I’m leaving on Saturday, and I was out of town for the advance polls. I will try to find out tomorrow how to fill out a mail-in ballot, on which I will vote for Olivia Chow.
When I arrive in Northern Ireland a few weeks from now I will be in aftermath of election there – may 5th is their next voting day. I don’t know what values and other forces are in play there, but I will surely give you some perspectives once I find out.