Day 6

Asking third place candidates to step aside

Should candidates with no chance at winning step aside to avoid vote-splitting? We speak to Vancouver-based data scientist Ali Kashani and Green Party candidate Carol Dyck.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau laughs with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair as he speaks during a panel discussion on youth voting, Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)
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According to the polls, roughly two-thirds of voters are looking for a change in government. CBC polls analyst Éric Grenier confirms that stat. And voters who don't want to see the Conservatives in power again may be thinking about how to make their vote count, by choosing the candidate with the best chance of beating the Conservative in their riding, rather than choosing the party they believe in.

The idea of strategic voting isn't new. But what you may not have heard as much about candidates being asked to reconsider their traditional loyalties too. Should candidates with no chance at winning step aside to avoid vote-splitting?

We speak to Vancouver-based data scientist Ali Kashani about his proposal for the NDP and Liberals to co-operate to defeat Stephen Harper's Conservatives. And we hear from someone on the receiving end of these types of campaigns calling for candidates with supposedly 'no chance' to call it quits. Carol Dyck is with the Green Party and she's running in the Ontario swing riding of London North Centre where the Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck in the polls.