Nothing like the feeling of casting a ballot
Later this week I’ll be writing about what myself and many other political watchers in B.C. have dubbed “The Year of the Voter.” For those of us who follow politics, and take the time to “exercise our franchise” each time there’s an election, 2011 is a wealth of riches.
Of course, changes in British Columbia’s leadership triggered a tidal wave of electioneering. The BC Liberals were first out of the gate, with a province-wide contest which had the first big application of internet voting, and a ranked ballot system to replace the one member, one vote practice from before. The end result was Christy Clark as Premier.
Then the NDP got into the leadership replacement business. They moved to one member, one vote, and began criss-crossing the province to convince members who should lead their party. The end result was Vancouver-Kingsway MLA Adrian Dix taking the reigns of power.
Today voters are heading to the polls to decide the future of the Conservatives, NDP and Liberal Party of Canada. The latter appears to be at a crossroads, especially outside of Canada’s big cities. What do you think will happen to the Liberal Party after this election, readers?
Let’s not forget the HST referendum mail-in ballot set for June, and the whispers of a provincial election in the fall.
For city watchers here on this site, our biggest interest will be the municipal elections in November. On Wednesday the NPA will cut off their membership in advance of their June 4th nomination meeting. If you want to support some of the candidates like Suzanne Anton, Sean Bickerton, Francis Wong, Joe Carangi, John Coupar and of course CityCaucus.com co-founder Mike Klassen, you’ve got only until Wednesday, May 4th to sign up as a member.
Of course COPE and Vision have done a backroom deal to leave much less to chance when it comes to their membership, and the results of the 2011 election. Vision Vancouver will have a meeting with their members to confirm the slate of Gregor Robertson for mayor and seven candidates for council – most likely all incumbents.
COPE will also decide soon who will fill their three spots for council. Will one of them be former city councillor Tim Louis? That would provide COPE perhaps one of the few chances to actually hold a seat on council, given Louis’ skill at getting the public’s attention.
I’ll have more to say about this election season on steroids later this week. For now, readers, I turn it over to you. What do you think will be the fallout from tonight’s federal election, or any other upcoming contests for that matter? Will there be any shake-up in all of the major parties as a result of this election?
- post by Daniel. Follow @CityCaucus on Twitter tonight after the polls close.