i agree with michael ignatieff: canadians must rise up

File this under things I never thought I'd say: here I am agreeing with Michael Ignatieff again. Canadians must rise up against these dangerous, anti-democratic Conservatives, if this country is going to have a chance of staying a good and decent place to live.

I hate to see the Liberals appropriate the language of revolution - I doubt Michael Ignatieff would appreciate the rising up I have in mind - but I hate apathy and complacency a whole lot more. Macleans has a good story about Ignatieff's speech.

I've seen people say we must "vote red" in order to defeat Stephen Harper's Conservatives. This is just not so. In some ridings, a vote for the Liberals will help the Conservatives. By all means vote Liberal if that's the most likely party to beat the Conservatives where you live. Vote NDP if they have the better chance in your riding. If you live in Qu├ębec, you have even more choices.

But whatever you do, vote smart.

If you're unsure of which non-Conservative party has the best shot in your riding, consult Project Democracy. You can plug in your postal code or click on the map to get the latest projections for any riding, and the bullet version of how to "amp your vote".


laura k said...

That "some smart Conservative lawyer from downtown"... that's my employer.

allan said...

File this under things I never thought I'd say: here I am agreeing with Michael Ignatieff again.

No. He is agreeing with you.

You have been saying "rise up" since that asshole has been PM. Ignatieff has been saying it for only a few weeks.

laura k said...

No. He is agreeing with you.

D'oh! I always forget that!

Amanda said...

Laura, thanks for sharing the Project Democracy link. My hometown riding (Thompson-Cariboo) is looking to be a close race, so I've sent out the call to friends to vote NDP.

As for me - a little less excitement in Vancouver-Fairview. We've got an incumbent Liberal who is firmly ensconced but this time around I'm okay with that! :)

Love the blog - looking forward to more over the next two weeks (and beyond)!. - Amanda

laura k said...

Thank you, Amanda!

Andrea said...

that link says vote NDP but I find that hard to believe - NDP has always been a very distant third in this riding. I think Liberal makes more sense here especially with the Conservative boy Mark ticking off so many people with his coronation.
I will check back on this site in a week and see where they are at.