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[BLOG-LIKE POSTING] My vote in the 2006 federal election

The only reason that I didn't vote in the 2004 federal elections in my electoral district of Davenport is that I was in the process of moving to my new Toronto home from Kingston and couldn't figure out even if I could vote in the Kingston and the Islands electoral district. Not that it mattered, not really, since the popular incumbent Liberal candidate Peter Milliken beat the Conservative candidate almost three votes to one. This year I had no excuse apart from sheer apathy. I can scarcely be accused of that.

I headed down to Elections Canada's Davenport outpost on 35 Lisgar Street an hour and a half ago ago, with my passport, my old expired Prince Edward Island learner's permit with the deer-in-headlights photo, my birth certificate, and a couple of bills to prove my current residence. I presented myself at the door of the nondescript storefront with the dilemma of my late registration, and was told that I could vote by special ballot. After quickly filling out a form, I went behind the voter's shield and considered.

  • I wasn't going to vote for the Liberal Party of Canada's candidate Mario Silva because of the sponsorship scandal. The Toronto Sun claimed on the front page of today's paper that the leaders' debate tonight will determine the outcome of the election, but I'm simply too fed up with the Liberals' casual scandal and corruption to want to collaborate with them. Besides, there's no sign that they're facing a collapse at all comparable to that of the old Progressive Conservatives in 1993. I don't need to waste my vote trying to bolster them.

  • I wasn't going to vote for the Conservative Party of Canada's candidate Theresa Rodrigues, again not because of any particular hostility towards her but because of her party. The Liberals, at least, suffer only from squalid corruption in the context of generally positive macroeconomic and foreign policies. I have profound philosophical differences with the CPC, never mind their interest in attacking me via their hopes to revoke same-sex marriage. Besides, Rodrigues only got a quarter the votes of the NDP candidate. Again, waste not want not.

  • None of the minors rated consideration. I didn't vote for the Marijuana Party, as marijuana certainly isn't important enough to me to justify voting for a single-issue party. I likewise decided not to vote for the candidates of either the Communist Party of Canada or the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) despite the fun of watching minor parties split fiercely over ideological issues since mass murder in the name of the proletariat, besides being morally abhorrent, doesn't work. As for the Canadian Action Party, their platform of 1970s-style Trudeau nationalism with teeth is so dated.

  • The Green Party of Canada's Mark O'Brien was briefly appealing. I believe that Canadian federal politics suffers from an excess of umbrella political party, and that Canada was be a more effective democracy if it had more political parties. The Green Party is doing well: The last up-and-coming Canadian political party, the National Party of Canada of Mel Hurtig, got in 1993 less than half of the votes nation-wide of the Green Party in 2004. That said, I decided not to vote for O'Brien since, it seems to me, it isn't the left that needs to be fragmented in Canadian politics so much as the right. I would have been happy if the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservatives had managed to partition Canada between themselves on west/east lines instead of fusing. I wish the Green Party the best, but I just couldn't support them. I wonder how many other Canadians felt likewise.

  • This left me with the New Democratic Party and their candidate Gord Perks (Perks' eye columns, his official site, and his Wikipedia entry). In the 2004 elections, the NDP's candidate Rui Pires came tantalizingly close to Mario Silva's vote total, and it is imaginable that with the NDP's record of achievement in the past parliament and popular disgust with the Liberals, the NDP could win Davenport.

So, I inscribed Perks' name on my ballot, sealed it in its envelope, then sealed that envelope in another I'd previously addressed, then passed the sum total to the Elections Canada worker. I need to be able to engage myself with Canadian politics, to be morally justified in doing so at least.
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