Spring has come to the Sunshine Coast. A time of hops (oops, that also). What I meant to say is hope, as illustrated by the magnificent Magnolia just outside my front door, which has taken her sweet time to show herself.
The sense of hope and looking forward is everywhere in the air, and that emotion ought to inform us about how we might vote in this coming week’s provincial election.
Now, there are those who may chose to vote strategically, but this is a mug’s game – and also deeply negative. Each of our votes must be positive, and ought to reflect what we believe in.
We have three capable candidates to chose from.
The Liberal, Matthew Wilson, who is a decent and articulate guy, will be attractive to business owners and those who subscribe to neo-liberal ideas. But his party has brought this province to record levels of public debt, which is a bit of a paradox.
That leaves the NDP and the Greens, and this is where my fear of strategic voting lies.
I feel (and have written about) my preference for Nicholas Simons of the NDP. He deserves, in my view, the vote on the strength of his record as a good constituency man with a realistic platform. But Kim Darwin (Green) is also a strong candidate, but with weak party policy behind her. I am afraid that voters here will split the left-wing vote and hand Wilson the seat – and thereby his leader, Christy Clark, another four years to do as she does.
Vote with the heart and the head, and above all with positive hope for a vision of what we can make of our little corner of heaven here on the Sunshine Coast.