Liberals should stop splitting the vote

Liberals scare left-leaning voters to get behind them, saying that if people vote NDP, they will split the vote. But it takes two to tango.

Let’s remember that during the 2015 federal campaign, the NDP were the frontrunners. Right up until about a month before the election. It was about that time that the Liberals started getting worried. Liberals don’t think the NDP are a viable party to govern in Parliament, so they assumed that NDP winning would actually result in a Conservative win. They use this belief to scare left-leaning voters to get behind them, saying that if people vote NDP, they will split the vote.

But it takes two to tango.

If everyone votes NDP, for that matter, then there’s no splitting the vote. The vote split because the Liberals used scare tactics instead of getting behind Mulcair in 2015. They were desperate to have their party leader become prime minister.

And now they’re trying it again. Both the NDP as a party and Jagmeet Singh as the leader are surging in the polls, while *both* the Conservatives and Liberals are dropping in the polls. The Liberals are scared of losing power, so they’re focusing on the NDP. They don’t like that Canadians want a party that stands up for them, that doesn’t cater to rich donors.

If they don’t want Scheer to win, then maybe Trudeau shouldn’t have left 50% of his 2015 campaign promises unfilled. Maybe Trudeau shouldn’t have bought a $4.5 billion pipeline. Maybe Trudeau should’ve implemented electoral reform. Maybe Trudeau shouldn’t have interfered with the attorney general. Maybe Trudeau shouldn’t have left over 50 reserves with boil water advisories (after 4 years!).

If the Liberals lose, it’s Trudeau’s fault, not the fault of NDP voters.

Canadians are tired of the cycling between Liberals and Conservatives. They want real change for once.

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 4 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I am a political economy student at the University of Athabasca, working on my second undergrad degree.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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