Quote from: OldTimeHockey on November 20, 2020, 09:24:56 AM
...I can tell you that every Conservative voter I know(really that's just my family as I don't talk a lot of politics with friends), is embarrassed by Ford and concerned about O'Toole. I can tell you that I didn't vote O'Toole in the past election. Nor do I think he's the right person for the job. It's concerning when the party you've been voting for has wandered off into an area you don't agree with. I don't necessarily agree with Liberal or NDP policies. Now we find ourselves not agreeing with Conservative policies(or methods) either.
In a case like that you have two (or perhaps three) choices.
Strip away the party labels and your past voting history, look at the platforms, and vote for whoever you feel will do the best job for you and for Canadians in general. No one party will ever have the "perfect" platform so go with the one that most closely reflects your priorities. That can change, year to year and leader to leader so don't concern yourself about identifying with a party/tribe...just go with whoever seems most likely to do the most good in the next 4-5 years.
If you prefer, and identify strongly with being a Conservative but are uncomfortable with the direction your party is taking, make sure you let your MP and MPP know in no uncertain terms how you're feeling. Write a letter (yes, those actually work because a letter from 1 person usually means there are hundreds of others who share that person's concerns who are silent). And then if you can't stomach your party's leadership or current trends, spend one election cycle voting strategically to send a message, and when the Conservative campaign people come knocking at your door tell them who you're voting for a why, and tell them that if they want your vote back in future elections they need to reconsider (as a party) who they're putting into leadership roles.
I've been a Liberal voter all my life but I've been increasingly concerned that they've been too slow to move on what I consider to be extremely urgent environmental concerns, so for the last federal and provincial elections I voted for the Green Party candidate in my riding and made sure my Liberal MP and MPP were aware of it. I don't agree with many of the other Green Party platform items, but in this one thing I really wanted to send a message. Who knows...maybe my one little vote helped convince Trudeau it was worth tabling that new environmental legislation last week. Next election cycle I'll almost certainly go back to voting Liberal but we'll see.
(For what it's worth, O'Toole scares me and I think would take the country down a very bad road so I will almost certainly vote strategically for whoever appears to be the front-running non-Conservative party. Normally I've been reasonably content during times of Conservative governments so I've never had this level of anti-Conservative angst before and have been just as content when they've won. Not this time.)