I've never discussed politics on this blog until now. It's strange; I have no problems sharing stories about things flying out of my nose but, for some reason, writing about my personal political views makes me uncomfortable. Still, I felt the need to share.
I don't vote along party lines since campaign promises made by political parties are rarely upheld. Instead, I vote for the candidate that I think will best represent my riding. I don't really care which party the candidate represents (although it's unlikely that I would have ever voted for the Natural Law Party of Canada, even though I got a kick out of their proposed missile defense strategy). At the start of any election, I'm willing to give all of the candidates an even shake. I say this so you can be assured that this post isn't an "I like this party but not this party" rant.
What this post is, is an instruction guide to campaign managers who are looking for a quick and simple way to lose my vote.
How to Lose my Vote in Four Easy StepsThe aforementioned actually happened to us. Fawn answered the door and, based on what the people at the door told her, was under the impression that they were from Elections Canada to update the voting list. She was on the phone and said it wasn't a good time. Before they left, they handed her some campaign literature.
Step 1: Send two people door-to-door claiming to be updating the voters registry.
Step 2: Collect information on the names and number of eligible voters, etc.
Step 3: Hand out campaign literature for your party's candidate.
Step 4: Leave quickly.
I called Elections Canada today to find out if their staff were allowed to hand out campaign literature. Of course, they're not. Fortunately, Elections Canada staff weren't handing out campaign literature because they weren't anywhere near the area at the time. It was a couple of representatives from one of the candidates claiming to be updating "the voting list".
Yeah, they were updating a voting list alright; their party's own list of eligible voters - and I don't want to be on one of those for any of the parties (Why not? Just in case they decide to sell their lists to telemarketing companies for a few extra campaign dollars).
I find this tactic to be, well...underhanded.
I won't say which candidate/party the people were representing, but I will say that, as of Sunday afternoon, I know of at least one candidate who doesn't deservative my vote in this election.