We ask students what made them decide who to vote for and strategic voting
By Jessica Berget, Editor-in-Chief
Voting for this year’s election will take place on October 21. In the spirit of the election, the Other Press asked the students of Douglas College what made them decide who they will be casting their ballots for in the 2019 federal election.
We also asked students about whether they knew what “strategic voting” is and if it has influenced their decision at all. Strategical or tactical voting is a term used to describe a voting method with an election with more than two parties, in which someone supports a candidate from one of the leading parties more than their actual preferred candidate—in hopes of preventing a specific candidate from winning.
Among the college community, the most attributed reason was the party’s platform. Issues like taxation, immigration policies, and climate change were all things students mentioned in terms of what contributed to their decisions.
“What they stand for. For me, it was climate change because we’re going to be living in that,” said Shealin, a Stagecraft major at the college. We also asked her about strategic voting, and if that had any impact on the choice. “Well my parents are trying to get me to vote for that, because they were saying that the vote that you want is pretty much throwing away your vote,” she said.
Other students were concerned with issues other than climate change and taxes. “Plans for budget, bit on immigration, the relations with China,” said Charlie, a Business major.
Some other students also said they didn’t know who they were voting for, or that they weren’t going to vote at all because they either didn’t connect to any parties or didn’t feel informed enough to make a decision.
“I decided not to [vote] because I don’t like any of the parties,” said Jake, an English major.
EJ, a Business major, also explained his choice to not vote in this year’s election. “I don’t know anything—I don’t follow it so I’m not voting,” he said.
A couple students we asked said their decision was influenced by their family.
“I voted, but I don’t know. Probably what my parents decided,” said Eden, a Sports Science major. When asked about strategic voting, he also said that it has influenced his choice in the past. “It did influence me when I was in the UK, but I’ve not had a chance to do it here.”
A group of general studies students also attributed family and other economical factors for how they decide to vote for people.
“How much […] I have to pay for gas,” said General Studies major, Sienna, about how she would decide who to vote for. She also said she knew what strategic voting is, but it didn’t influence the decision.
The students we talked to either were voting for the same party as their family, voting for the party whose platform they agreed with most, or just weren’t planning on voting at all. Many also knew what strategic voting is but didn’t say it influenced their decision. The 2019 election may be one of the closest Canada has ever had. By the time this paper has hit the stands, Canada will already have a new Prime Minister.