WHAT IS STRATEGIC VOTING?
Canada's electoral sytem is a "first past the post" system, which means that the candidate with the most votes in their riding gets to sit in Parliament and represent their party. At the local level, this becomes an all-or-nothing game - if your local candidate of choice doesn't get elected, you are represented by a candidate from an opposing party.
Some Canadians are frustrated by this, and feel that if an opposing party member wins in their riding, they are not represented. They may choose to "vote strategically", and vote for the candidate they think has the best chance of beating out the candidate they least want to win (against their first choice of who to vote for or party preferences).
The Canadian Youth Vote Alliance has a neutral position on strategic voting. We are breaking this down for voters to contribute to their awareness. We encourage voters to make their own decisions about strategic voting.
Note: We are a non-partisan alliance that remains neutral on the question of strategic voting, and are sharing this tool for its educational utility.
STEP 3: LEARN ABOUR YOUR RIDING
SEE THE STATISTICS FOR YOUR RIDING
Leadnow has created a tool for its "Vote Together" campaign that provides statistics for where party candidates have stood in each riding across Canada since 2006.
Click below to search for your riding by postal code.