It is a form of self abuse that I often study the polls that are available on-line. These polls cannot and do not always tell us the truth. Remember, they are a much-manipulated picture of days before. They cannot and do not forecast the future. At best, polls show us weaknesses and strengths of the various parties and help us strategize for different outcomes.
One aspect of current polls is that everyone seems to be ignoring the new democratic party figures. I remember laughing heartily the other day when reading one pundit’s opinion that the NDP were “poised” to make gains. Well, lots of luck with that. The NDP have been virtually flat-lined since before the election was called. The only direction left to the NDP is down! The Party’s ups and downs between 18 and 22 per cent are well within statistical variables.
Jagmeet Singh is not taking the NDP anywhere. The bus left without him. He will have to be replaced as leader for that party after the election. If I believed today’s polls, I would explain that a vote for Mr. Singh’s party in your electoral district could only benefit the conservatives. It could result in a conservative minority supported by the Bloc Québécois.
The best advice for voters who want to make a meaningful vote is to search out the committee rooms of your favoured candidates and go there. Find out when you might have an opportunity to see the candidate in action. Prepare a couple questions which matter to you and be ready to ask them of the candidate. It is only after getting some idea if your choice has a brain or not, that you can make a more meaningful choice for your vote.
It would be a good idea to wear a mask when talking to a conservative candidate. You never know if this person is an anti-vaxxer or not.
If your candidate has to look up the answer to your question in a book of answers, run, don’t walk to the next choice of candidate.
Some people base their vote on either the French or English debate by the party leaders. Bear in mind that at least two out of three of those leaders will be replaced after the election. We will all be better off if you just pick the best and smartest candidate in your riding.
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