So, although I'd like to vote green, this time I'll be voting for the NDP because that's the candidate that has the most chance of winning in my riding. This time around there are strong Green candidates in most Vancouver Island ridings--and my fear is that they will take votes away from the NDP candidate and allow a conservative to come right up the middle. Canada's "first-past-the-post" electoral system allows this to happen. And this has to change.
The NDP and the Greens have promised to change this system to one of proportional representation--so such a travesty will never happen again. But meanwhile, if you live in Canada ... and if you want to defeat Harper... the thing to do is to determine which candidate in your riding has the best chance of winning and vote for that candidate.
There are a few websites that can help you make that determination. Check out this one: votetogether.ca It explains it a lot better than I can.
Here in Victoria, I am supporting the NDP candidate. He won last time around and has done a good job. And in fact he's as green as the Green candidate in this riding. The NDP have have a good environmental policy and they care about families and services -- as well as business. So this is not a wasted vote.
Don't waste your vote. Vote strategically this election. Vote to defeat Harper and return Canada to its roots and values.