I am very grumpy about the upcoming election in Ontario. The government was defeated largely because the NDP decided that it was strategically useful to have an election right now even though the budget that they voted down was one that was extremely favourable to them. Much of what the NDP stands for I would normally be very happy to vote for but I am bitter at them for causing an unnecessary election so they will not get my vote. In particular I am displeased because the legislation that was going to make ranked ballots legal in Ontario cities died when the government was defeated and this was one of the few things the government was doing that had no downside whatsoever. The Liberals have stepped up and declared that they will push through that same legislation if they are reelected so they are getting my vote this time around.
The Conservatives are of course a party that exists but their philosophy of handing money to rich business owners and gutting services isn't one I support. This time around though they aren't even doing a decent job pretending to be about economic growth. Their Million Jobs Plan that will put on Ontario back to work has a slight flaw in it; it claimed to create 600,000 jobs while eliminating 100,000 public sector jobs. Of course the party botched its own numbers because their own economists claimed that the changes would create 600,000 job YEARS, not permanent jobs. So by economist math the Conservative plan would eliminate 100,000 jobs, slash services, and create 75,000 jobs. I can hardly believe that a major political party would put forward a jobs plan that by their own numbers will increase the unemployment rate but they have done it.
So for all the good voting will do I will vote for the Liberals. They aren't perfect, they aren't great... hell, I would hesitate to call them good. But they are definitely the best option for governing at this point, sad as that is. Voting is highly unlikely to matter of course - an individual ballot has almost no chance of changing anything and even then the person casting the ballot would have to be sure that the party they vote for is actually going to do better things than the alternatives. In many cases the voter has no good reason to think that, so even if you accept that the vote might matter numerically it seems very unlikely to matter in actual results. That said, I think discussing why one will vote a particular way and trying to get the issues aired is a useful thing. Talking about what we care about and why we make political decisions in a thoughtful way can trickle out into helping the system work just a tiny bit better.