Lately I've been tempted to vote NDP in this upcoming federal election. I'm still thinking about it in my home riding of Toronto Centre. I'm going to wait to see how the campaign progresses between now and Oct 19th voting day before deciding.
But if I lived in Eglinton-Lawrence, where the Liberals are the major challengers to Conservative Finance Minister Joe Oliver, I'd happily vote for newly-nominated Liberal candidate Marco Mendicino. The NDP has no chance in that riding in this election (as they barely got 10% there last time.) That 10% would come in handy helping defeat Oliver this year.
Here's a clip of Mendicino on Monday's Power & Politics on CBC:
I have no doubt that opponents of the Harper government need to vote intelligently this year by supporting the progressive opposition candidate in their local riding that stands the best chance of victory. There's no doubt the NDP and the Liberals can work together to make a better Canada should they have the seats in the House between them.
In places where the Tories have no chance, I recommend you follow your heart. That's what I intend to do.
UPDATE Aug 17, 2015: With the NDP now running former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson in Eglinton-Lawrence, I'd have to say I'd be undecided on how I'd vote in E-L. I'd have to observe both local campaigns and see if Thomson's campaign was seriously targeting the riding. If not, I'd still vote Liberal as their support is not just going to vanish just because the NDP can find a decent candidate. Needless to say I'm happy to be voting in another riding and not have to make that tough choice.