Online ‘voting tool’ sponsored by the CBC

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One of the on-line “voting tools” that claims to help electors figure out how to cast their ballot is called Vote Compass. It is hosted on CBC’s website, with the national broadcaster having commissioned Vox Pop Labs to use it.

CBC is in thick with polling companies and so-called opinion pollsters and with the cartel party system of government and the cartel parties themselves.

Vox Pop Labs is a polling company that operates in several countries, including the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia. It claims the tools help people figure out how to vote by directing them to the party they are “most aligned with.” If you use the tool for your riding, no matter how you answer the questions you are asked, only the candidates of the so-called major parties will come up as the party your thinking is most aligned with. This year, there are twenty-two political parties participating and independents running in many ridings but the only parties listed by Vote Compass are the Conservatives, Greens, Liberals, NDP and Peoples’ Party. There is also a generic “independent” as though all independents are the same. Parties such as the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada are called fringe and not worthy of consideration. Besides this, the entire process is bogus from A to Z.

For instance, the set-up on Vote Compass is to present you with a whole bunch of statements and your role is to rate them on a scale of 1 to 10, from “strongly disagree” through to “strongly agree.” Questions are also posed with answers limited to another sliding scale from “much more” through to “much less.” They are stereotypical statements and questions designed to put you on either the so-called right or the so-called left, or in the “centre.”

An example of a question is “How much tax should large corporations pay?” Another is “The government should give priority to visible minorities when hiring.” On this basis, unwarranted conclusions are drawn which ascribe this or that opinion to Canadians based on their gender, beliefs, preferences and origin. At no time can the polity unite to deal with the problems people hold in common.

On top of this it asks all sorts of questions about your national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, income bracket and the like. On the basis of your answers, it will declare that people of x national origin or women or people in x income bracket or with x sexual orientation think in this or that way. It is unadulterated hogwash.

After completing the quiz by CBC’s Vote Compass to determine which cartel party best represents where you stand, Vote Compass goes on to ask for all sorts of information which it turns over to the cartel parties.

These are questions such as: Which of the six parties you would vote for today? Which leader do you have the most confidence in? Who are your neighbours most likely to vote for? Who did you vote for in the last election?

In other words, User Beware! The Vox Pop Lab/CBC Vote Compass tool and others like it are clearly part of the data collection used by the cartel parties to work out their manipulative strategies for securing votes. It is not a surprise to read — written in a manner designed not to draw attention — that all the information gathered will be “shared with political parties.”

Remember this? role of polling in Alberta’s 2012 election

The wildly inaccurate pre-election polls in the Alberta 2012 election purported to show that the election was a “neck and neck” race between the ruling Progressive Conservatives (PCs) and the upstart Wildrose Party. With a month to go, the 24 polls that bombarded Alberta voters during that period suggested that Wildrose would win and even take majority power. Even the Ipsos Reid poll conducted on April 21, two days before voting day, put Wildrose at 41 per cent and the PCs at 32 per cent of the popular vote. Yet, in the end, all these polls, including the one by Ipsos Reid, proved to be very wrong. In the Alberta election, the PCs won 61 seats and the Wildrose won a mere 17 seats.

Albertans discussed the gaping difference between the pre-election polls and the actual election results. Most Albertans were not confused. Many suggested the polls were deliberately manipulated by Alberta’s ruling elite and their media to spread fear of Wildrose so that many “undecided,” “strategic,” and “new” voters would vote for the PCs and re-elect them, ensuring that the energy monopolies who run Alberta could keep in power a party that they were already used to doing business with.

The Party press wrote at that time: “It seems likely that the main purpose of pre-election polls is not to evaluate public opinion but to try to change it.”

Renewal Update, September 3, 2021

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