Online poll asks which candidate is Ontario's sexiest
Toronto blogger Zach Bussey asks users to vote for who they believe is the sexiest candidate.
Published Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:53PM EDT
Unfortunately for the Progressive Conservatives, Tim Hudak's not the sexiest candidate in the upcoming Ontario election.
That's according to "Ontario's Sexiest Election Candidate" poll, brought to you by Toronto blogger Zach Bussey.
Bussey created the online survey after "Canada's Sexiest Election Candidate" -- another of his creations -- received 250,000 hits earlier this year.
He says the idea came to him after talking politics with friends. They noted it's difficult for the average person to begin the process of learning about politics, to get involved and make sense of it all.
"I think it's a good first step for somebody who has no previous interest. It's all there – here are the candidates, their ridings," Bussey told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview.
And thousands have cast their ballots. Most of the voters are in Toronto, but other cities paying attention include Ottawa, London, Hamilton and St. Catharines. Even people in Vancouver are voting.
Bussey said there's more to the idea than a good laugh. He wants the site to be taken seriously, but with a grain of salt.
"I don't want it to be taken seriously in the sense that ‘this is how you should vote,'" Bussey said. "I give people more credit than that. But I do want it to be taken seriously in the sense that if you're going to vote here, get out and vote on October 6."
The YWCA of Toronto has expressed concern with the concept. A post on the organization's blog says it "degrades politics and political candidates," arguing that women are still very much measured by their looks.
Bussey responded to the post, noting that he's now had over 1,000 people click through from his site to the candidates' own links. People are doing their research.
He said criticism is inevitable with these types of unconventional ideas.
"But good ideas can be sexy," he said.
In the first round of voting, blond Libertarian Judi Falardeau of Toronto Centre lost to Nickel Belt's brunette Green candidate, Stephanie Russel.
Hudak was up against Brad Duguid, the Liberal candidate for Scarborough Centre. Hudak's out of the running after receiving only 38 per cent of votes.
Bussey said Hudak will get over the snub.
"I don't think they put too much emphasis on winning this," he laughed.
The only debate in this election is who has better hair or straighter teeth -- or harder abs, if you're into that.
But the idea is to translate this mock vote into a real vote in October. Bussey said he's already heard from a number of people who will vote for the first time after checking out his blog.
Bussey said his own political beliefs don't fall under any one party's platform.
"They all have things I agree with and disagree with. It all comes down to my local candidates and who I think will best serve my needs."
But then again, he said, he thinks Marissa Sterling, his local Liberal candidate, is pretty sexy.