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Strategic Voting Campaign Identifies Hot Ridings in Ontario

Thursday, October 9th 2008 4:41:05pm

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Strategic Voting Campaign Identifies "Hot Ridings" in Ontario


(Toronto - Thursday, October 9, 2008)  - Voters in Ontario ridings where vote-splitting could elect a Conservative are being offered specific, transparent advice on how to vote strategically to ensure a pro-environment outcome.

Twenty-three Ontario races have been identified by VoteForEnvironment.ca  where a Conservative victory can be stopped if progressive voters unite behind a single candidate to avoid vote-splitting.  These are:

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Barrie, Brant, Burlington, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent-Essex, Halton, Huron Bruce, London-West, Kitchener-Conestoga, Mississauga-South, Niagara Falls, Northumberland-Quinte West, Oakville, Ottawa West-Nepean, Ottawa-Orleans, Oshawa, Parry Sound-Muskoka, Peterborough, Sarnia-Lambton, Simcoe-North, St. Catharines, and Whitby-Oshawa.


For more detailed analysis on each, go to the Riding list at http://www.voteforenvironment.ca VoteForEnvironment.ca analysis incorporates past election data, the most recent publicly-available polling data and local insight to project the likely outcome in all 308 ridings.  

"Stephen Harper and the Conservative party are alone in the world in their unwillingness to take action on climate change even though most Canadians are interested in becoming part of the solution to the global environmental problems that affect us all," said Alice Klein, co-founder of VoteforEnvironment.ca. "Stephen Harper's Bush-like agenda and tactics are motivating this unprecedented multi-partisan effort to defeat a sitting government."

www.VoteForEnvironment.ca and www.VoterPourlEnvironnement.org have been endorsed and referenced by Canadian celebrities, unions, many local campaigns and on-line networks. The website has already had well over one million page views since it launched on Sept 24. Massive viral distribution has tapped into wide-based voter concern about another anti-environment Harper government and hope that they vote can make a difference.

About VoteForEnvironment.ca


VoteforEnvironment.ca is a coalition of Canadians concerned about climate change. The coalition is focused on helping progressive Canadians understand the benefits of strategic voting as a mechanism to overcome a flawed electoral system.  Ultimately, the group wants to prevent the re-election of a Harper government that has worked against efforts to fight climate change and has done significant damage to Canada's international reputation.


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Media Contact:

Alice Klein, 647-828-4787
Kevin Grandia   778-240-6343, Kevin@voteforenvironment.ca