Every vote should be earned on Oct. 19

The NEWS about the importance of strategic voting in the new riding of Courtenay-Alberni, which includes Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

I refer to Bob Pellow’s recent letter to

The NEWS about the importance of strategic voting in the new riding of Courtenay-Alberni, which includes Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Pellow writes that if voters are hoping to defeat the Conservatives, the three opposition parties should “draw a straw” to see who should be supported.

Pellow is correct that voting for a party which is unlikely to be the first past the post on October 19 could allow the Conservatives to win the riding. He is not correct that the Conservatives won the last election by a large majority.

In fact, in the last federal election of 2011, the polls that have been re-distributed to our new local riding were very close, according to Elections Canada. The Conservatives received 44.8 per cent of the vote and the NDP received 40.7 per cent. The Liberals and Greens each received less than seven per cent.

It looks to me like the NDP has already drawn the long straw as the most likely party to defeat the Conservatives in what could be a very close race between these two parties in our local riding.

Notwithstanding this, of course, is the fact that every vote should be earned.

Alan McEwenQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Ballenas Whalers high school football squads take down Belmont

Parksville teams score back-to-back shutout wins over Bulldogs

Qualicum Beach goalie at training camp with Montreal Canadiens

LaCouvee angling for spot with AHL Laval squad

Seven buildings proposed for waterfront development in Parksville

IAG Developments hosts second public open house to gather feedback

Regional District of Nanaimo losing forest, farm lands

Regional growth strategy report shows mixed results

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Nanaimo company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

VIDEO: Seniors at B.C. assisted living facility shocked by Oct. 1 eviction notice

Building owners terminate lease for McGuire Lake Congregate Living in Salmon Arm

Most Read