‘We Will Be Stuck With One of Them’: Canadians on Their Upcoming Election

I voted early, and I voted Green. I know that by doing this I have thrown away my opportunity to influence the outcome of this election. But I didn’t do the strategic analysis this time. In this country I will vote for what I believe, and let the chips fall where they may.

— Joy Hecht, St. John’s, Newfoundland

I’m a 25-year-old woman who identifies as a first-generation Canadian, and I’m openly left-leaning on the political spectrum. Although I wouldn’t say that I’m discouraged by this year’s election, I find myself conflicted as to which party with left-wing political ideologies I should cast my vote for.

In light of the scandals that have plagued the Liberal Party over the past couple of months, I have grown slightly apathetic to its credibility as a so-called progressive party. However, I do want to vote strategically to keep the Conservatives from winning leadership.

Based on recent polling results and projections, at this point, I recognize that voting Liberal would possibly be the more strategic option in this rat race of an election that we have on our hands.

— Izabela Molendowski, Toronto

I am 60 years old, and for the first time in my adult life, I will not vote for the Conservatives. They have become infiltrated by climate change deniers. For me, climate change is the only issue. Although the Liberals’ policy response to the issue is not strong enough, it will have to do. A vote for the Greens would be my preference, but a vote for the Greens is a wasted vote, as it is effectively a vote for the Conservatives. So I will vote Liberal.

— Jim Roberts, Kincardine, Ontario

As Johnny Cash once sang, “cleanest dirty shirt.” That about sums up my feelings regarding this election.

But that aside, I read in the news about countries where people are killed while trying to cast their ballot. I am not happy with my preferred party leader or the entire electoral campaign, but I will vote. We have that right and that freedom.

— Loretta Hauser, Brandon, Manitoba