Gloria Kovach, one of Guelph's strongest municipal councilors and president of the Association of Canadian Municipalities is planning on running to represent the Conservative Party in Guelph for the upcoming federal election. She is running against Brent Barr, an old Alliance/Reformer. See comment below.. I'm almost inclined to take out a membership in the Conservative Party for the sole purpose of supporting Ms. Kovach, not because I want the Conservatives to win the election (and certainly not because I support the Reform-a-tory politics of Stephen Harper), but because if they do win the seat, I want to have had a say in the person they elect.
I'm not sure it's something that can be done so close to an election or not, in the Conservative Party or in any of the other parties, but as a general principle, maybe it's something more Canadians should do, maybe we should all join all the political parties and vote for which ever of their candidates we like best, so that when there is an actual election, we might all feel slightly better whatever the results.
After all, Canadians are renowned for strategic voting, so what could be be more strategic than hedging all our bets by voting more than once in the only legal way open to us. "Vote early and vote often." may not be such bad advice.
And if it would sent Brent Barr back to the reactionary woodwork all the better.