My Vote 2011

Election Day is now 14 days a way I believe and I’m still wavering over where my vote is going.

I’ve ruled out Bev Shipley and the Conservative party because I refuse to contribute to Harper once again being in power. Shipley though is from Middlesex and he is somewhere, a couple of generations back, a part of my extended family. According to my grandmother, who babysat him when he was little, Shipley is a good guy who has done a lot for this riding and really represents the interests of the community well. As I said though, he’s out for me as long as he is supporting the “Harper Government”.

So that narrows it down to:

Liberal Candidate Gayle Stucke

NDP Candidate  Joe Hill

Green Candidate Jim Johnston

CHP Candidate something Janssens

Well let’s start where my vote isn’t going. Sorry Janssen, but you’re not getting my vote. You’re young, you’ll have more chances, probably not more success as long as you are with the CHP, but you’ll have more chances.

Joe Hill – I’ve voted NDP in the past (when I lived in St. Catharines), but I really don’t think you have my interests at heart. You’re not present in any social media and the only real information I’ve read on you suggests that seniors are your priority. Also you have no real shot of overthrowing Shipley in my riding.

So that leaves the Liberal Candidate and the Green Candidate.

Strategically I am leaning towards the Liberal Candidate Stucke, because if anyone is going to dethrone Shipley it is going to be the Liberal Candidate. But if I voted my conscience, based on what I’ve seen and read of the local candidates and parties themselves, I would probably lean more towards the Green candidate.

But my vote is still up for grabs.

I guess for two more weeks the Liberal and Green candidates have the chance to woo me. I’ll be watching.

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Turning Blue

Well it’s official, I am in danger of turning blue. I live in Strathroy-Caradoc, part of the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding. In the last day and a half I have driven through most of Strathroy-Caradoc and felt myself turning a little more blue, because all of the election signs are just that – Conservative blue. Conservative blue signs telling me to re-elect Bev Shipley, signs like the ones that went up across from the end of my lane way only a couple of hours ago, which join the dozen others in my municipality and more than likely county.

If I hadn’t had to take my Grandmother to her hair appointment on Front Street  yesterday morning I wouldn’t have seen any sign of other candidates in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding, at least not in my community.  Luckily both NDP and Liberal candidates Joe Hill and Gayle Stucke have campaign offices on Front Street, at opposite ends of a section of buildings that happen to sandwich my grandmother’s salon.

Outside of seeing both of their offices, which looked fairly dark and uninhabited, there have been no other signs of candidates in my riding a week into this election campaign. If it wasn’t for the internet and my addictions to Facebook and Twitter and even Google I probably wouldn’t know that my candidates are Gayle Stucke (LPC), Joe Hill (NDP) and Jim Johnston (GPC) and of course the incumbent Bev Shipley (CPC).

Now I have to say I’m impressed that Gayle Stucke has taken to social media (twitter @gayle_stucke and facebook Gayle Stucke Federal Liberal for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex ) but I am likely a bit of an oddity in Middlesex. While I use the internet and social media to gain a lot of my election information I know, having worked in Middlesex County interacting with a lot of local residents and merchants, that the number of people to have jumped on the social media band-wagon is still relatively small.  So since I’m in a community of people either void of internet or on painful dial-up, where exactly are voters supposed to be looking to learn who the candidates are? There are now Shipley  all over my community (including ones visible from my house) and there has been a mail-out from him (granted it was likely mailed out or put in motion before this election began (as it still said MP on it) ) and absolutely nothing from the 3 other candidates in my riding.

I know that there are still weeks left for campaigning and there is plenty of time for the candidates to introduce themselves, but in this election alone the Liberal, NDP and Green candidates in my riding seem to have given the incumbent Shipley a weeks head start (that is not to mention the head start he already has from being the incumbent and a longstanding member of the Middlesex Community).

I really don’t want to be blue, give me another option, give my riding another visible option, please!