Created by Aviva Zimmerman, a 27-year-old a documentary filmmaker, stage director and social activist from Calgary, the video was a project to promote the idea of strategic voting in the upcoming Alberta election. Strategic voting is a trend that's been dogging many progressive voters in Canada for years; do they cast they're vote for a party who's platform they believe in most (like NDP or Green, for example), or vote for the left of centre party with the best chance of winning (usually Liberals) in order to prevent a right-wing party (usually Conservatives) from gaining power.
But in Alberta I believe we have our first instance of someone promoting the notion of strategically voting for one right-wing party to stop another.
“We are not PC people, we’re just a group of young people, all under 30, living in Calgary, really getting scared about the Wildrose party,” Zimmerman told the Edmonton Journal. “They’re saying that if they can’t vote for something they believe in, they just won’t vote. I’m trying to tell them that no vote could be a vote for the Wildrose.”
And progressives do have cause to be concerned about Wildrose. Last weekend, a June 2011 blog post by Edmonton-South West candidate Allan Hunsperger, a pastor with The House church in Tofield, offered some strong words referencing the Lady Gaga song "Born this Way" saying that gay people could choose "to not live the way they were born."
"You can live the way you were born, and if you die the way you were born, then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering," he wrote, adding that "accepting people the way they are is cruel and not loving."