Sometimes events are dictated by history, and sometimes history is here to be made. In Monday's election we have a chance to make history.
Millions of Canadians have been frustrated for years by the over-representation of the minority views of the Conservative party in our federal government. And the vast majority that is progressive Canada has struggled to find a way to translate its views into parliamentary seats and real national power.
Ungainly compromises have been offered by the disillusioned and desperate, and attempts are made each election to portray the staid and floundering Liberals as agents of change - despite the burden of their history that clearly demonstrates otherwise.
We're continuously told that social transformation is just a pipe dream - best to rein in our aspirations and settle for Liberal candidates despite their unimpressive record when in power and their especially ineffectual work in opposition.
Torontonians in particular know that the huge number of Grit MPs from this town has translated into absolutely nothing for the country's largest city, whether the Liberals led the government or opposed it.
Remarkably, for decades their only sell to T.O. has been "Well, at least we aren't the Tories." The Liberals, and the strategic voting alchemists who would have us vote for them, trade in the politics of fear, not hope; of what they won't be instead of what we can be.
Perhaps the best example of how politically bankrupt the Liberals have become is their inability to find a palatable leader. First the bumbling Stéphane Dion and now the unelected-by-his-own-party Michael Ignatieff have proven vote-repelling flops, their wishy-washy campaigns promising whatever they think voters want to hear.
But voters do want change, and they want a government that reflects the largely progressive aspirations of our people from coast to coast to coast. And folks, every day it's clearer that the party Canadians believe can alter the country's reality is Jack Layton's NDP.
Pundits puzzle over Layton's "out of nowhere" rise, but the NDP leader has been steadily building a movement since he took over the leadership in 2004. And his very success shows the folly of the strategic vote spinners. Movements and momentum are created by consistently supporting the party of real change, with a series of small victories year after year eventually coalescing into the opportunity for gains.
The party has unwaveringly put forward a pro-environment, pro-peace and pro-people agenda that is gaining traction in every province and territory.
Now it's time for timid strategic-vote peddlers and progressives to get behind the one party of renewal and vision - the NDP. This election, the wasted votes are for the Liberals and the Greens.
While the election of an NDP prime minister would be a marvellous miracle this time out, it is very possible that Stephen Harper will yet again snatch a minority government - only now we would have an authentic opposition with Jack Layton installed at Stornoway. Imagine what legislation Layton could wring out of the Conservatives with his uncompromising care for the environment, the economy and us.
If Harper's hacks refused to make accommodations, the Canadian people would still see real change on offer and an intoxicating image of what Canada might be. They could be ready to go all the way and finally elect a truly progressive government next time around - an NDP government. After all, how much more of a nation builder can a politician be if he successfully gets former supporters of the sovereignist Bloc Quebecois to finally vote for a federalist party in Quebec?
In the context of talk on somehow uniting the left, what better message for any negotiations that may take place than huge voter endorsement of the only truly progressive party, the New Democrats?
There is no such thing as a wasted vote for the NDP, even in the outer reaches of the GTA and into the 905. Each vote for the party sends the message that Canadians aren't afraid to dream big and demand better.
So this election, don't be hustled by the foisters of fear. Don't hold your nose to vote. Hold your head high and be part of making history. Vote for your NDP candidate.