There were perhaps a hundred protesters greeting Harper in Kingston on Friday. We were loud and animated.
There were songs and little skits. Some university students had written a rap that they shared. There were drums and music. It was wonderful.
Kathleen O'Hara from Catch 22 Harper Conservatives had a mike and listed off one by one, Harper's crimes. Not even covering a fraction of them.
In the above photo you'll see students with guess what "we're voting", standing with seniors. All with the same goal. Ousting Stephen Harper.
And he was given a similar welcome in Montreal, though a bit more militant.
The Toronto Star is endorsing strategic voting:
In some parts of the country there is a real risk that a surge toward the NDP could sap the Liberal vote and have the perverse effect of tipping more seats to the Conservatives. Voters worried about that should consider voting strategically — giving their support to the progressive candidate best placed to win.And another "vote mob" from Ryerson voiced their discontent.
In much of the GTA, that means Liberals. Indeed, there are a number of seats that Liberals won by a narrow margin over Conservatives in 2008. The Liberal candidates in those ridings deserve support. They include Ruby Dhalla in Brampton-Springdale; Andrew Kania in Brampton West; Rob Oliphant in Don Valley West; Joe Volpe in Eglinton-Lawrence; Paul Szabo in Mississauga South; and Ken Dryden in York Centre.
Going for the NDP in those ridings risks handing more seats to the Conservatives. That would be the worst outcome for the province — and the country.
I'll bet right now Stephen Harper wishes he'd been nice to the rest of us, and not just played to his base.