The Green Party was polling as high as 10% before the 2011 election. Yet they dropped down to 3.9% at the ballot box — lower than their 2008 showing of 6.8%. Why did the Green Party lose half it's voters? Voters were trying to vote strategically to stop a Harper fake majority: that is, Anyone But Conservative voting.
Strategic voting unreliable
The problem with strategic voting is that it's almost impossible to properly organize — as the 2011 election results clearly attest to. Since there's a swing vote in each riding, it's hard to know what party to back to beat the Cons.
Ranked Ballot to the rescue
A simple and effective voting reform can solve the problem: Preferential Voting. This merely changes the ballot from single-choice to ranked. That allows voters an alternative vote if their #1 choice is no longer in the running.
Liberals running on ranked ballot
The Liberals have promised to bring in PV ranked ballot voting. Justin Trudeau has made it part of his Democratic Reform platform. Canadians have a rare opportunity to fix our broken voting system and stop the perverse effects of vote splitting for good.