Proof there is no political party for me - Denny Scott editorial
In doing some research for other parts of this week’s edition of The Citizen, I stumbled on CBC’s Vote Compass, a tool through which you can find out which party best aligns with your own views by taking a quick questionnaire and then further refining the results by “weighting” them, I am reminded that there really isn’t a political party out there for me.
It’s always great to “know” something and then find the proof to back it up. And by “know”, I mean hold something to be absolutely true then find out there is evidence for it. That compares to the people who “know” things that are starkly against the scientific data but refuse to acknowledge their beliefs are wrong.
Before anyone starts thinking I’m so danged conservative there’s no party far enough to the right to serve me, that’s not the case. I’m actually, apparently, almost the closest possible thing to a centrist. Really. I’ll include my “political landscape” graph to prove it (see the image to the left).
Economically, I’m just a smidge to the right of the centre, while socially I’m just a little bit south of centre. The compass also gives you percentages based on which party best matches your beliefs and, after “weighting” the results by picking the issues nearest and dearest to my heart, I discovered that every single party is between 44 per cent (the NDP) and 50 per cent (the Conservative Party of Canada) aligned with my goals. That means that, if I were the one setting out the grading system on how political parties are representing me, only the Conservative Party would pass, just barely.
I wrote about this before, maybe during the last federal or provincial election, but I feel like there must be a number of people like me who sit close to the middle of the political spectrum, especially in Huron County. Why especially in Huron County? Well we’ve had politicians representing us in the past who really represented us, not just toed the party line. That meant that they voted conservative on some issues and swung more liberal on others. In my mind, that is what Huron County has always been: pretty close to the centre.
Sure, we’ve got outliers like 12 per cent or so who have voted NDP in the past few federal elections (though somehow that’s between 20 and 30 per cent for the last two provincial elections) and I’m sure we’ll get some percentage of voters for the far-right People’s Party of Canada this election, but most of our voters fall between the Conersative and Liberal parties (again, with the exception of those last two provincial elections).
Regardless of whether I’ve read the political spectrum of my neighbours properly, the simple fact is there isn’t a political party for people like me. I’m too socially progressive and “leftist” on the economy to subscribe to the Conservative Party and I’m too socially conservative to sign up for the Liberal Party. We really do need a middle-ground for people like me.
Then again, before I had a home and started to see just how much you pay in taxes, I would’ve considered myself firmly in the upper-left quadrant of the graph, so maybe I’m in the middle of a gradual right slide.