With B.C. shaping up as a key election battleground, many people looking to defeat the Conservatives in the federal election are thinking of voting strategically.
If you’re a strategic voter though, Richard Johnston has a warning for you.
The UBC professor says in order for the idea to work, you’ll need need accurate information about your own riding.
But even then, he says it might not be clear which party is best positioned to win.
“If the survey says one is a little bit larger than the other, then they’ve got a real strategic conundrum, right? They could end up giving the wrong information.”
Johnston adds the surge in Liberal fortunes in Ontario could actually be muddying the waters for strategic voters here in B.C..
“It sort of solves the strategic problem in that province, it actually resolves an ambiguity. But in this province, it creates an ambiguity. Because the NDP is historically stronger here than in Ontario, and historically stronger than the Liberals.”
Johnston says organizations like “Lead Now” plan to release numbers on battleground ridings this week.
It’s one of several groups hosting websites in an effort to coordinate voters.