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April 5, 2011 / mike54martin

How to Stop a Harper Majority

After one week of the Federal Election campaign Stephen Harper is inches away from majority territory in all of the polls. But he’s not there yet and if we all work hard he never will.

I’m not a big fan of strategic voting but if we want to stop a Harper Majority then there are about between 30 and 40 seats right now (according to projections by that can certainly be influenced if enough people bother to vote, and vote for the left of centre candidate who can win in their riding. If the Tories lose these seats then we at least survive the election and can build for a progressive Canada. If they win a dozen or so of these, our Canadian goose is cooked.

Below is the list of seats that I think hold our best hopes. There may be others and if you think there are then go for it. If you live in any of these ridings and want to stop a Harper majority then think about working or voting for the best non-Tory candidate who could win. Your vote can make a difference. If you don’t live in any of these ridings but have relatives, friends, neighbours, fellow country men and women who do then maybe you could it a shot to persuade, cajole, or influence them to do the right thing. Please give it a shot. Finally if you want to do something tangible to stop a Harper Majority then please consider a donation to one of these campaigns that is working so hard to do so.

Apologies in advance if I offend anyone in the political spectrum but I am willing to withstand the scorn, at least for a couple of more weeks. I also have to admit that I do not personally know all of the suggested candidates in all of these ridings, but the ones I do (like Nycole Turmel in Hull-Aylmer) are solid people who will work with us in the future.

After so much pleadings and pleadings, enough from me. Here is your list!! These are numbers crunched by the good folks at and reflect the latest national, regional and local polling available. If you want to know how they do it the drop in and see them.

British Columbia

Burnaby-Douglas NDP behind Cons -4

Saanich-Gulf Islands Green behind Cons -9

Vancouver Island North NDP behind Cons -8


Edmonton Centre Lib behind Cons -2

Edmonton East NDP behind Cons -19 (Hey, it’s Alberta)


Sask-Rosetown-Biggar NDP behind Cons -14

Desnethe-Missinippi- Churchill River Lib behind Cons -7


Elmwood-Transcona Tie NDP-Cons

Saint Boniface Lib behind Cons -3

Winnipeg South Lib behind Cons -6


Ajax-Pickering Lib behind Cons -2

Brampton-Springdale Lib behind Cons -2

Brampton West Tie Lib-Cons

Eglinton-Lawrence Tie Lib-Cons

Guelph Lib ahead of Cons +2

Kingston Tie Lib-Cons

Kitchener-Centre Lib behind Cons -4

Kitchener-Waterloo Tie Lib-Cons

Mississauga-Erindale Lib behind Cons -4

Mississauga-South Tie Lib-Cons

Oakridges-Markham Lib behind Cons -8

Ottawa-Orleans Lib behind Cons -8

Sault Ste Marie Tie NDP-Cons

Vaughn Lib behind Cons -2

Welland NDP behind Cons -6

Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s South-Mount Pearl Lib ahead of Cons +2


Egmont Lib behind Cons -6

Nova Scotia

West Nova Lib behind Cons -6

New Brunswick

Miramichi Lib behind Cons -7

Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe Lib ahead of Cons +2

St. John Lib behind Cons -4

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