We want May, too, on May 2nd

I’ve been reviewing the latest political opinion polling results. Luckily, we have multiple major polling firms doing work most days during the federal campaign. This means that we can determine a multiple-provider three-poll average for greater accuracy, while maintaining a focus on recent results. Many of the sites that report multiple poll results (308, electionalmanac) also produce seat projections. What does it all add up to at day zero of the campaign? Very close to exactly what we got on Election Day 2008. So, is this election not needed or wanted, as some would have us believe? Nope.

First of all, I never mind an opportunity for Canadians to have a voice at the polls. We’re lucky to be solving our problems this way (ballots not bullets). Also, these are just the opening polls. Who knows what the next five weeks of campaigning will bring for the fortunes of any party.

Secondly, there is a great deal of potential for one significant change: a breakthrough Green Party seat in Saanich-Gulf Islands. Elizabeth May is running in a close race with Conservative incumbent Gary Lunn, and far ahead of the Liberal and NDP candidates. I think that this is the best potential for a meaningful change in the next Parliament, that Canadians will find interesting, engaging, and a breath of fresh air on the important issues we face.

Nearly a million votes were cast for the Green Party of Canada’s candidates in 2008, and we deserve to have those wishes respected and represented. We want our Parliament to include May, too. If you want May, too on May 2nd (election day), join me in supporting her campaign. One simple way to do this is to tweet with the hashtag #May2onMay2 – and of course visit her website (ElizabethMay.ca) to provide deeper support from anywhere across the country.

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