Peterborough, ON – Having been a die-hard NDP supporter since he was in undergrad, local man Jason Newman, 33, is looking forward to not strategically voting for the Liberals in order to beat the Conservatives like he has in every election for 15 years.
“I’ve been a card carrying NDP member since I read Tommy Douglas’ Mouseland,” advised Newman. “I’ve had lawn signs, donated money, even gone door to door to drum up support for the Party. I’ve just never actually voted for a single NDP candidate.”
“To be honest, it feels a bit weird not to begrudgingly vote for a do-nothing centrist in order to prevent a far right government. It’s the only thing I’ve ever known.”
Newman has cast ballot after ballot for the federal and provincial Liberals, only to spend the entirety of their time in office bemoaning how they were “no better than the Conservatives.”
But he swears those days are over now and that, after 6 years of a Trudeau government, he is finally ready to vote his conscience. At least until the polls show Erin O’Toole has a chance to win.
Though pollsters are still predicting a Tory or Liberal government, the NDP has the momentum. And if things break right on election day Newman could experience another political first: realizing the party you support is also useless at governing.