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What motivated you to vote the way you did in the federal election?


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What motivated you to vote the way you did in the federal election?

  1. Spite. Always, ever and only.

  2. Hope. But as it turns out, that was a REALLY bad bet.

  3. I voted hope last night, but unfortunately fear won.

  4. So…basically…the only motivations worth metric are emotional ones? Anger and hate? C'mon Macleans – you know a Jedi craves not these things.

    You could've at least added "pragmatism" to the poll.

  5. For me it was….'Other' = Strategically / ABC.
    As it turned out, it was wasted…Con still won in my riding, I should of voted my preferred platform, Green Party, I would of woke up feeling better.
    Not all bad though…2 Great things happened…
    1) BQ was pretty much wiped-out.
    2) The Green Party/Liz May got a seat in the Commons.

    Steve's Speech last night was good, hopefully he means it, and follows through with what he said.

  6. You do not give Canadians credit for being reasonable or rational. The silent majority spoke up with their vote. Canada is on the right track and is in as good of a financial position as any country. Most rational Canadians see beyond the knee-jerk emotional reaction of "GOTCHA" politics and vote according to who they think is best for the country in the long term.

    • The silent majority has a minority of seats.

  7. In spite of the media smear campaign and Nanos poll errors, the right person for the job of balancing budgets, etc got in. Thanks to rational thinking Canadians (who don't seem to get polled).

  8. I voted with hope. Not for jets and jails. The omni-bill on crime is really, really scary. Fighter jets, jails and mandatory minimums should have been the issues, as well as contempt and other Con alleged illegalities still in the courts. All parties and all Canadians want to strive to reduce debt. Any of them could have been "the right guy for the economy" at a much lower cost to personal freedoms and human rights. I Iook forward, with hope, to when 60% of the votes actually mean something.

  9. I voted hope. Fear carried the day.

    Now that accountability and responsibility are squarely at Mr. Harper's feet, I hope he evolves into a statesman for all Canadians and the NDP keep him honest.

    The time for excuses and obfuscation are at an end.

  10. I couldn't believe Harper had the audacity to claim that Canadians voted for hope by voting for him. The #1 sentiment I heard expressed by Conservatives — except from paid conbots – was resignation. Basically, "I hate the guy but there's nothing better." I felt like saying "Steve, the Canadians that voted for hope, were voting NDP."

  11. "The omni-bill on crime is really, really scary" — Are you a criminal? I ask because only criminals would fear tougher sentences and more jail time. The rest of the public across political spectrum is in favour of putting teeth in our justice system after the bleeding hearts have spent 40 years corrupting the system. I look forward to the government giving victims of crime justice and the rights they deserve instead of worrying about those of the criminals that prey on them.

    • I guess I am a criminal. I tried pot and inhaled, then passed it along (distributing). But Bill C-21 creates new laws and therefore new crimes. There's your "unreported crimes". They are unreported because they don't exist. You man not be a criminal today, but you might be one day. Jail time costs dollars. Over $70k a head per year in the present system. I suppose though a Super Prison would cost a bit more. Laws are being slipped in to help fill those prisons. Read the bloody bill. Sure it has many good points, but as a whole it is slicing away at personal freedom.

      I don't care who took how long to corrupt the system. It's about time it got fixed. The government should be spending more time looking at itself than perpetuating the same old same old.

    • How do you draw the line between jail time and victims' rights? While I'm asking, could you define just what victims' rights really means? Finally, do you have any comment with regard to the rate of incarceration in the USA, and its seeming failure to make their society safer?

      All of the above are sincere questions – I'm honestly interested in your take on them.

      • There is no need to ponder victim's rights in many of the new laws. We imprison for victimless crimes now, moreso within 100 days. As to the failure of the incarceration rate in the US? You'd think Canada would learn from it, not adopt it. (for $9 billion)

      • Actually, longer jail sentences have made a difference in US crime rates. Crime rates fell for a number of reasons, but longer sentencing seemed to be one of them, along with more policing. The authors of Freakonomics calculated that about 18% of the fall in US crime rates in the 1990s could be attributed to longer sentencing, and about the same amount attributed to more police. They felt the biggest factor was the legalization of abortion, which meant that a whole generation of potential criminals were just never born.

  12. Policy?

    Political leanings?

    Strategic intent?


    Issue of passion?

    Just a few things that often inform a voter's decision, I'd argue.

  13. I voted for Peace, Order and Good Government – AND WON! A great day for Canada!

  14. I always vote for the party that I think will do the least harm, both in terms of a government bringing forward useless in your face legislation and a government that drags down the economy with misdirected spending.

  15. Silly, silly poll here. I like to think I used my common sense when voting.

  16. Me too. Hope is for losers.

    • I also voted for spite.

      • Watching Heather Mallick's head explode on the pages of the Guardian this morning was perhaps the most satisfying moment of my day. Other than that first sip of coffee.

  17. I voted spite. And it won too.

  18. And it sure looks good on them.

  19. I voted for hope and, thank goodness, hope won.

  20. I think my admiration of the party leader that precipitated my excitement in this election contributed to the loyalty I displayed in voting for him in spite of my anger and fear over the novelty candidates that I didn't vote for.

  21. Harper has never balanced a budget without his daddy's money…ei, Paul Martin.

    Grow up.

    • How fast you have forgotten that the opposition DEMANDED more spending or they would take down the government. Harper was always against this spending but was forced into it. Maybe when YOU grow up, you will pay a bit more attention and maybe your memory will improve as well.

      • Since when has anybody ever forced Harper into anything!!!!! His members do as he says, vote as he says and are very seldom quoted in Hansard. If the opposition gets too much in his face he shuts down Parliament. He called two of the last three elections and then criticized the Liberals for calling the third.

  22. So someone that grows 6 pot plants should go to jail?

    Ask California how well there war on crime is going…its called bankruptcy.

  23. I agree!

  24. Good answer, Harvey! :D

  25. I hoped my strategic vote would help trounce the useless Harper MP I have in my riding. Vote splitting still happened so I now regret not voting my 1st choice, Green, instead. I'll be working with like-minded individuals from now until we finally get electoral reform in this country

    • Strategic voting doesn't work.

  26. As Macleans becomes more and more left-leaning, more and more of the belligerent CBC bloggers gravitate to this site. Too bad, as Macleans always used to be the only fair and unbiased news media in Canada and we used to get intelligent and thought-provoking conversation on this blog.

    The Left always used to win with only 40% or less of the vote and that was OK back then — 62% of us never wanted that crook Chretien. The Left lost this time for many good reasons. Deal with it.

  27. right!-hope!–finally the right party won– harper knows economics–can get the coun try back on track. I rue the day the N D P –if ever–gets into power– would on ly take them 2 years 2 take us all into the poor house!!! They will have a lot of explaining 2 do –as to– what went on in Quebec—running people that have no knowledge of what it's all about!!!! 145,000 dollars a year–for a student– something is wrong here!!!!

  28. I had hope that a decent and smart man like Ignatieff would form a government but, unfortunately, we are stuck with Steven Harper for a long time to come !

  29. Or, its a very expensive excersize that may or may not have any real impact on crime rates (which have been falling for the last 15-20 years), but will cost a very significant amount of money, and will infringe on numerous individual rights.

    For example: The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

  30. Mr. Kenney receives 80% of the vote, so it doesn't matter who I vote for. Plus, and I'll address this to his office, I really dislike receiving patronizing responses to six month old inquiries. Next time, rather than responding only when an election is called, I would prefer that you just didn't bother.

    With regard to the poll: A mixture of spite and novelty. Next time I think I might leave a drawing on my ballot. Or, maybe I'll mark an 'X' next to all of the incorrect answers (are there any correct answers?). Maybe rank them in order of preference (how do I rank them when they're all an equal waste of time?)

    A friend of mine who immigrated from China once told me a story about a Chinese election. Someone walked up to him and told him to vote. He responded that he had no idea who either candidate was so he didn't know who to vote for. He was told that it didn't matter who he voted for, just that he voted. And so he voted… For the guy who had a similar name as him.

    Which, if you think about it, is basically the same process a great many Canadians go through every election.

  31. Wow, a lot of you guys are really weird. I voted with common sense and a good man won. I am really pleased. Harper will do a good job for this great country.

  32. what U just said– displays ur "un-commom" sense!!!

    • the common sense belongs to Rodney Rooster never fear!! — and my common sense I think is voting for a person who is not out to win a Mr. Personality Contest, glad handing and kissing babies, a person who is focused and serious and is going to do a good job for the whole of Canada.

      • Do you believe that any of the leaders of political parties are not 'focused and serious' about doing 'a good job for the whole of Canada'? I think you very much underestimate the folks that hold different political beliefs than you.

        Also, you didn't answer my question. Can you please define 'common sense'?

        I have a theory about the use of the phrase in politics. I believe that politicians get away with using 'common sense' to describe their platforms, and never have to actually define them. People vote for them because, well, the phrase 'common sense' means the same thing to everyone: 'what I think everyone else should think'. Which works out pretty damn well for a politician.

        The challenge is that when you actually define what it is that you think everyone else should think (i.e. common sense), it tends to be different from person to person. Of course, it never gets that far, and politicians don't ever have to articulate their platform, which means they can't be called out on their promises (because they didn't make any), but they still get to appeal to everyone who thinks that their own common sense should rule the world.

        It's a marvelous scam. I wish I had thought of it.

  33. What are the people thinking of when they vote NDP?They are socialists and nothing else.Socialism never has and never will work.It takes the will of people away. Is it not better to basque in Your own rewards of hard work and ingenuity, than the Government?

  34. I don't agree – Harper received an economy with a balanced budged when he was first elected and has rapidly created the largest deficit in Canadian history. We need a Paul Martin to get us out of debt again.

  35. The Conservatives support fiscal freedom (or, I guess, different fiscal freedom), and the NDP supports more social freedom (or, perhaps, different social freedom).

    Anyway, the short answer is: I believe that you'll find that not everyone necessarily votes for what is best for their wallet because they have other priorities.