By Robert A. Vella
Public opinion polling has consistently showed Canada’s centrist Liberal Party ahead going into today’s federal election. Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is serving his third consecutive term in office since 2006, has become widely unpopular in recent years primarily due to Canada’s worsening economic health. The progressive New Democratic Party (NDP) and Green Party have been polling third and fourth (or even fifth), respectively. The idea of “strategic voting” has apparently taken root in the electorate; that is, many progressive voters planning to cast ballots for the Liberals (headed by Justin Trudeau) in order to defeat Harper’s Conservatives.