Please Explain: The strategic voting edition
With one week to go before Canadians elect a new government, words like "strategic voting" and "coalition government" are suddenly dominating the news.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is targeting left-leaning voters this week, saying Canadians "need to elect a progressive government, not a progressive opposition" — a clear pitch to voters considering the NDP or the Green Party.
Meanwhile, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, is saying the NDP could form a coalition government with others to stop the Conservatives from taking power. All of this had us asking: Does Canada have the best possible electoral system? How should Canadians vote, when weighing all of these strategic considerations?
For a new instalment of Please Explain, CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier answers our listener questions about the electoral system, proportional representation, and how swing ridings influence federal elections.
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