Today is your last opportunity to beat long lines and take advantage of advance polling. But if you’re like me, and you haven’t totally made up your mind, rest assured that all of the local candidates and federal party leaders will be pulling out all the stops over the next week to convince you that they’re the right choice come election day, May 2nd. While the big three political parties have been lobbing televised and online insults back and forth for well over a month, I’ve come to realize that nothing says “don’t vote for me” quite like an attack ad. We, as Canadians are better than that, or so I would like to believe. I want an inspirational candidate who can sell me on their vision for the nation, rather than someone whose commercials are punctuated with tombstones and the ominous “dun-dun-dun” sound. The big day is almost here, and accordingly this week’s poll asks the question that voters in Kingston and the Islands are facing:
Who will be Kingston's next Member of Parliament?
- Ted Hsu (Liberal) (45%, 174 Votes)
- Daniel Beals (NDP) (45%, 172 Votes)
- Alicia Gordon (Conservative) (8%, 29 Votes)
- Eric Walton (Green) (2%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 383
Before the election was officially called, we asked which party our readers would support, while the NDP received a majority of the votes. But are these results truly indicative of Kingston’s future, or simply a reflection of Kingstonist’s audience or perhaps the strength of the NDPs online campaign? While your vote in this week’s updated poll may mirror how you intend to vote on May 2nd, I suspect a few people will lock in contradictory predictions as well.
Is Kingston’s race really too close to call? Will Liberal, NDP and Green candidates split the vote giving more power to the Conservative candidate? Going back to what I said above, my mind isn’t totally made up yet. I am weighing two candidates, and I’m stuck on determining if I should vote for the best chance at thwarting the Conservatives, or the best match with my personal values and beliefs. In the coming days we’ll be sharing some interviews with select local candidates, which will help undecided voters make that all important decision. Are you having just as much trouble as me, or have you already made up your mind? Please drop off your comments and predictions below.
Thanks to KClevy for today’s photo.