Strategic voting, as Albertans were exposed to last election, is useless when all you're considering is a Pot and a Kettle.People in Alberta were scared of a number of Wildrose candidates in the last provincial election. Candidates like Allan Hunsperger (author of "lake of fire" comments), Ron Leech (whose radio comments outlined how he could speak for everyone because he was white), John Carpay (legal representative for people who produced anti-gay hate literature, and proponent of private healthcare), former Senate candidate Jeff Callaway (removed as a candidate due to not following election rules), and of course leader Danielle Smith (waffled on "conscience rights" position, claimed climate change science was unsettled, showed contempt for cities regarding Edmonton's Airport and Calgary's GreenTrip issues) gave voters cause for pause. Following the election, newly-elected Gary Bikman blamed his party's loss on urban voters not having enough "common sense". Of course he was rewarded for these comments by being named Advanced Education critic.
So what do you do when the most vocal proponent of change is so scary? Stick with the status quo. And that is what Albertans did. The problem was that the PCs have just as questionable ethics as the Wildrose do. They're just a bit more subversive about it.
A quick list of examples for you to consider;
So keep track of what you are stuck with. In four years, when we try this all over again, don't let your memory be as short as it was during this last election. Don't get stuck with it again. Think long and hard about where "strategic voting" has gotten you, and get it right next time.