Cross-posted to the BlogsCanada election blog.
In doing our democratic duty, what are we voting for? Our local MP, a political party or that party’s leader? All three, obviously, but which is most important? Personally, I’ve never been sure.
For example, what if I like my local candidate’s politics, but aren’t as smitten with their party’s? Or vice versa–what if I support a party but think the local guy’s a flake?
Practically speaking, I understand that your locally-elected MP is your representative in Ottawa, and that they, in theory, will attempt to represent the views of their constituency. On the other hand, your local MP isn’t going to have much clout if your party’s deciding whether or not to, say, invade Iraq.
Social Studies 11 failed me miserably in this regard. I’d be curious to hear opinions of how best to approach this thorny issue.