I’ve been meaning to look this up for a while, and finally got around to it thanks to this Globe & Mail page.
Federal election results, Nanaimo-Qualicum riding, 2006 and 2004
|2006 candidates||Jan. 2006||2004 (candidate)|
|James Lunney, Conservative||41.4% — 26,102||22,935 (Lunney)|
|Manjeet Uppal, NDP||32.2% —- 20,335||19,040 (Scott Fraser)|
|Jim Stewart, Liberal||19.1% —- 12,023||11,646 (Hira Chopra)|
|David Wright, Green||5.3% —- 3,361||4,311 (Wright)|
|Dusty Miller, ?||1.5% —- 920||557 (Michael Mann)|
Much as i detest strategic voting as a perversion of the democratic principle, i might consider it this election because i think it’s important to keep the Conservatives from gaining a majority this time around. There’s little doubt they are going to win, but another minority will at least minimize the damage they do while the left gets its sh*t together again.
Conservatives had quite a lead over the NDP in ’06, less so in ’04. It’s a tough call — vote your beliefs (a “wasted” Green Party vote, in my case) or vote for least bad outcome?