TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - A grassroots national group concerned about
what a Stephen Harper majority government would mean for the country
today named 15 electoral ridings where it says it will focus its
efforts to help stop the Conservatives.
Catch 22 Harper Conservatives, registered with Elections Canada as the independent Third Party Catch
22 Campaign in the election, today urged people to vote for whichever
candidate has the greatest chance of defeating the Conservative in
"A lot of people in the country don't want Harper to get a majority,"
said Gary Shaul, Catch 22's chair. "They don't approve of things like
the unnecessary prisons, the hugely expensive fighter jets, sky high
deficits and Harper's lack of respect for Parliamentary democracy."
The group believes Monday's vote is perhaps the most important election
in modern times in Canada.
Catch 22, which is not affiliated with any political party, is
recommending that Canadians in target ridings vote strategically -
instead of voting for the candidate who might normally have been their
choice - so that vote splitting does not permit the Conservative to
come up the middle and win.
"The NDP surge has moved the party into second place in the polls," said
Nick Fillmore, "but this hasn't changed the importance of voting
strategically to stop a Harper majority.
"If people don't vote strategically," said Fillmore, a Catch 22
organizer, "the danger is that the New Democrat, Liberal and Green
votes will split and the Tories will walk through the middle and win
enough seats to go over the top."
Because of Canada's outdated electoral system, Harper could win a
majority of seats in Parliament while only garnering as little as 37
per cent of the popular vote. Many other progressive countries have
adopted some form of Proportional Representation system, a voting
system that prevents a party from forming a government with such small
support from the general public.
"The strategy was devised more than a year ago as a campaign that would
take a pro-democracy message to voters in their communities as a
central part of a winning formula," said Shaul.
While Catch 22 is making voter recommendations in more than 50 ridings -
all of which are important - it is focusing its resources on 15 high
priority ridings from the 50-plus where it believes a strong strategic
voting turnout can play a huge role in stopping a Harper majority. Some
are ridings won by opposition candidates in the 2008 election who are
targeted by the Conservatives and need a boost to win again this time.
Catch 22 is launching its telephone campaign today which is expected to
reach thousands of voters in the last days of the campaign. It is also
using newspaper ads to get its message to voters. Volunteers in all
target ridings are being encouraged to step up the distribution of
Here is Catch 22's list of high priority ridings:
[BC] Saanich—Gulf Islands - Elizabeth May (Green)
[BC] Burnaby—Douglas - Kennedy Stewart (NDP)
[BC] Surrey North - Jasbir Sandhu (NDP)
[BC] Vancouver South - Ujjal Dosanjh (Lib)
[AB] Edmonton—Strathcona - Linda Duncan (NDP)
[SK] Saskatoon—Rosetown— Biggar - Nettie Wiebe (NDP)
[ON] Guelph - Frank Valeriote (Lib)
[ON] Kitchener—Waterloo - Andrew Telegdi (Lib)
[ON] Kitchener Centre - Karen Redman (Lib)
[ON] Welland - Malcolm Allen (NDP)
[ON] Mississauga—Erindale - Omar Alghabra (Lib)
[ON] Ottawa—Orléans - David Bertschi (Lib)
[ON] Oak Ridges-Markhan - Lui Temelkovski (Lib)
[NB] Saint John - Stephen Chase (Lib)
[NS] West Nova - Robert Thibault (Lib)
For the full list of more than 50 recommended ridings, visit our
More and more people are joining Catch 22's website while thousands of
visitors are dropping by daily to check out the list of target ridings
and read the group's unique election commentary. The group's Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers are also on a steep climb.
SOURCE Catch 22
For further information:
Catch 22 Media Toll Free Number 1-855-228-2488 Ext 1