Green Candidate Frees Voters to Leverage Their Vote - by Voteswapping

Asks local voters to beat Conservative, buddy up with Victoria and Thunder Bay--Superior North to elect Green MPs

TORONTO, Oct.15, 2015 /CNW/ - Constantine Kritsonis, York Centre Green candidate, endorsed voter-to-voter vote swapping to make more votes count, empower voters to reach out cross-country to elect MPs they believe in and spark reform of the voting system.

Explaining his position [ released Monday]:

"Bad politics," he said, "is false majority government where 40% of voters get 100% of the power.  Non-issues hiding huge ones, like stuffing Mike Duffy into a niqab to evade Conservative bribery allegations going back to 2005.  It's denying majority values so long that you eventually start to deny neutral expertise:  scientists, census, Privacy Commissioner and the Parliamentary Budget Officer".

"Good candidates," he said, "initiate or emulate cooperative moves, like my NDP colleague Hal Berman who objected publicly to my treatment in a debate.  We leverage our campaigns to make real changes not just protest.  We champion constituents.  I'm not endorsing Michael Levitt, but he'll listen to Green constituents more than Harper's MPs.  He'll listen harder if he knows he was elected only because Green supporters here voted Liberal to convince Liberals to shift Green in Victoria or Thunder Bay."

Vote swaps are honour deals voters make to vote on each other's behalf.  Effectively casting a second choice vote locally, as another votes for your first choice.  It's common among friends, family, student or military colleagues, natives and activists.  Two services, the [ Vote Swap Canada 2015 facebook group] and [], pair up strangers to vote on behalf each other.

"Begging parties to cooperate before elections is futile," said Kritsonis, "but we take more control away from parties, leaders and backrooms and shift it to voters, where it belongs!"

I'm simply asking anyone in York Centre who casts a second choice vote to ask publicly, loudly and repeatedly for a reciprocal vote from a Liberal who can elect a Green.  I'm asking NDP supporters to help us beat Liberals in Guelph and Fredericton, so our supporters can elect NDP in Essex and Oshawa.  Green MPs to coalition with.  That's what winning looks like."

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