Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting Kootenay-Columbia: vote NDP

Strategic voting in Kootenay-Columbia
Strategic voting in Kootenay-Columbia

As I pointed out in my post on strategic voting in North Okanagan—Shuswap, some might be surprised that some of these ridings in the BC Interior are competitive enough.

Such is also the case in Kootenay-Columbia, which includes Cranbrook, Revelstoke, Kimberley, Fernie, Golden, Sparwood, and Nelson.  In the last election, vote splitting wasn’t a factor: the Conservative won with 50% of the vote, compared to 39% NDP, 4% Liberal, and 6% Green.

A redrawing of the riding, however, has brought 4000 net NDP votes into the riding and this could make a difference.

An Environics Poll from September 19, 2015 placed the NDP and Conservatives in a dead head: Con (37%), NDP (37%), Lib. (15%), and Green (11%).

This suggests that to avoid vote splitting, strategic voters should support the NDP.

Update. has now endorsed the NDP for strategic voters in Kootenay-Columbia.

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Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Kanata-Carleton: vote Liberal

Strategic tactical voting in Kanata-Carleton
Strategic voting in Kanata-Carleton

The riding of Kanata-Carleton in Ottawa is a new riding formed out of pieces of the old riding of Carleton—Mississippi Mills, which has been a fairly safe Conservative.  Despite this, it is shaping up to be a close race. (See a news story about this here).

In the last election, Gordon O’Connor received 57% of the vote, followed by the Liberal with 24%, the NDP with 15%, and the Green with 4%.  Gordon O’Connor, however, decided not to stand for re-election.

A recently conducted poll suggests that this is a tight race between Conservative Walter Pamic (whose past militant anti-unionism has become controversial) and Liberal Karen McCrimmon.

 Clearly strategic voters will want to support the Liberals here and avoid the vote splitting.

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