Federal Election Campaign Wrap up as Polls Open

Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion each made one more pitch to voters in the lower mainland yesterday.

Stephen Harper touted tax cuts and limited government to a Tory crowd in west van.

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Meanwhile, at a boisterous liberal rally in Richmond, Stephane Dion implored the crowd to think green and vote red.

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Meanwhile, left-of-centre voters are finding common grou nd as the Federal Election campaign winds down.

Websites like www.voteforenvironment.ca are uniting some voters under key issues like the environment to oust the Tories. Former Liberal support Kevin Grandia started the site with a left-wing magazine publisher linked to the NDP.

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But political experts warn that strategic voting can backfire. Political Science Professor Reg Whitaker says it’s important to vote for the party you want, not the one you think can beat the Tories.

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For example, some strategic voters will vote Liberal, since they have the best chance of forming government, but the Tories could still win if the NDP is second in a particular riding because the centre left vote is split.

General voting will be open today until 7 o’clock.

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