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RUSSELL WANGERSKY: Election day dilemma

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I’m discouraged.

With only hours left before voting day, I’m still looking for a reason to vote for either a candidate or a party.

It wasn’t like this last election. After watching Stephen Harper’s government for years, anything seemed like a life-ring. This time, it’s a choice between two parties that love their dirty tricks and whose leaders look like followers, and a third party that’s likely to play spoiler and has grandiose but unreasonably expensive policies.

(In case you think I’m being needlessly obtuse, that’s the Liberals, Conservative and NDP, in that order.)

Keep in mind, I’m not telling anyone else how to vote. That’s between you and your conscience and the ballot box.

But why am I discouraged?

Because, on the whole, this feels more like an election dictated by backroom strategists than it does like an election about ideas or the future.

Everything — even the “gotcha” moments — feels staged, timed for maximum effect.

If they’re so professional, why does it feel so obviously like amateur hour?

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