If you support the Liberals or the New Democrats or the Greens, 'strategic voting' has a pretty obvious meaning. What if you're a Tory, to be more precise - a Tory dissident? It turns out some of them may be voting very strategically this time around.
I got that last night from my oldest Ottawa Tory buddy. There'd been reports about the possibility some time ago but they didn't seem to go anywhere. It turns out there might be some truth to them after all.
What I'm told is that there are, within the Tory ranks, some who are simply fed up with Shifty Steve's 'above the law' mode of governance and his relentless assault on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These are 'old school' Tories from the PC side, not 'old stock' Reformers in Tory clothing. In a word, they're Tory dissidents.
They won't be voting Conservative this time around. Some won't vote at all. Some might actually vote Liberal or maybe go for whatever opposition candidate is most likely to prevail over the Tory.
Don't expect them to go around advertising their discontent. You won't see them parading under any "Harper Must Go" banners on Parliament Hill. They're still Tories after all. It's just that they wish their party leader was also a Tory.