Days after the federal election, some voters who voted but were undecided during the campaign are expressing dismay, while still believing their vote has made a difference.
Polls released by Ipsos just ahead of the leaders’ debate this month suggested that one in eight Canadians were having trouble deciding who to vote for. Now, some voters contacted by Granthshala News say they are happy they made the choice – even though the end result was not what they expected.
“We’re back in the same situation 36 days ago,” said Shannon McCarter, a Toronto area voter who ultimately voted for the NDP.
“It felt like a waste of resources, a waste of time to change nothing, really.”
The election saw the Liberals win another minority government with only two additional seats in parliament compared to the 2019 result. The Conservatives lost two seats but are still in official opposition, while the NDP and Bloc Québécois once again maintain the balance of power.
McCarter says she was likely to vote for the NDP anyway because it was more politically inclined towards the left. Yet during the campaign, he had considered scrapping his ballot after finding little inspiration from any party, including the New Democrats.
She chose against spoiling because she felt that doing so “wouldn’t help anything.”
“Plus, if I voted (for the Liberals) to make sure the Conservatives don’t come in, nothing is ever going to change,” she said.
The Ipsos poll found almost half of the undecided voters at the time – 47 per cent – did not like either party, while 50 per cent said elections should not be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The results also suggested that those voters were less complimentary of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government than Canadians in general.
Forty percent of the then undecided voters said they approved of the federal government’s performance, which is three points below the national average. Around 60 per cent also said that the country is going in the wrong direction, while 50 per cent of all voters.
Douglas Murphy, who was initially undecidedhandjob He said he also voted for the NDP in his Roxboro, Q-area riding because he wanted to see change. He hoped to break the party through decades of liberal and conservative rule.
“All these party leaders are the same.
“Once they have secured the seats they need, they do what they can to ensure that the population is benefited to an extent, but they do what they want to do for their own benefit. So I don’t really see any difference.”
Mark Demers said he followed through on his pledge to vote for a non-white candidate, leaving only one option in his Niagara-area ride: the NDP.
“He didn’t win because where I live, you can drive a dog under the Conservatives and they’ll still win,” he said, “but still, I felt that if I voted for another white person, I would be very There will be less change. “
Demers said he was “not impressed” by the final result, but believes the election could lead to a leadership review for liberals and conservatives, which he will support.
“Maybe the leadership review will get rid of O’Toole or Trudeau – that would cost $600 million,” he said. “You can only hope.
“On the other hand, maybe Trudeau will be humbled by that and he’ll be a better leader. So I guess we’ll see.”
Preliminary voter data as of Thursday night showed this year’s election had the lowest turnout in Canadian history, with just over 62 percent of eligible voters voting.
This is less than the 2019 federal election, which saw a turnout of 67 percent. In the 2015 and 2011 elections, the voter turnout was 68.3 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively.