Comment 27838

By dgskfhudsagflasg (anonymous) | Posted December 06, 2008 at 01:06:40

I don't have a whole lot to say, I just thought I'd peep in and counter a very widely presented argument. When presented with the fact that the combined coalition vote outweighs the conservative vote, it is often stated that "nobody voted for a coalition!" so this fact is misleading at worst and irrelevant at best. I'd just like to point out that this is an assumption that carries with it the assumption that the voters had no idea what they were doing. I consciously voted for the NDP candidate in my riding specifically because my understanding of history is that the last time we saw a Liberal/NDP coalition back in the 60s under Pearson, the country changed for the better. A lot. I was actually quite excited about the possibility of the ABC mindset propelling us into a real coalition government. Martin was the caboose of the Pearson train and it seemed as though we were moving into a new governing phase. The green shift struck me as every bit as revolutionary as universal health care but destined to force the liberals into obscurity west of Winnipeg, meaning that if they were to form government they would need NDP support. My riding is a conservative vs. ndp riding. I am a liberal. So i voted NDP to vote for a liberal-ndp coalition. So, for now on you cannot say that nobody voted for this coalition. I did. If I did, it is not absurd to conclude that others did as well. Most people that voted strategically or that voted ABC did in fact vote for the coalition.

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