There's a disturbing lack of political content on this site. It's not that I'm a closet political junkie, but I keep up with the news, following federal politics with some interest, and that's never reflected here. Unfortunately, election years are always an exercise in frustration for me, because we're in a riding with mostly conservative, elderly transplants from the prairies, and these people apparently love our illustrious MP and his Republican-lite party.
So a vote for anyone else feels futile because it's never even close, but I'll likely do what I do every election and choose between the NDP and the Green Party, depending on the quality of the local candidates. Last time around I sort of wished that I had voted Liberal, only because the Liberal was the distant second-place finisher, and anything to make it closer would have been preferable to lodging my usual protest vote.
Anyway, I didn't start this post to whine about my disaffection. I found this online tool extremely well done and an easy way to get a sense of how your values match up to the platforms of the main parties: The Undecided. You take your stand on all the issues, then rate the importance of each issue with a little slider that helps you calculate the best matches. My results: 32% Green, 27% NDP, 19% Liberal, 19% Bloc, and 3% Conservative. I'm surprised to have even that tiny amount of alignment with our ruling party -- it's shocking how strongly I disagree with nearly everything in their platform.
This must be how 100 million Americans have felt every morning for eight years, when they wake up to realize George W. Bush is still their president.