Category Archives: Voter apathy

Independent candidates run against voter apathy

On Friday evening May 28 I spent an interesting evening attending an “open house” run by Redmond Wissenberger – Candidate for City Council – Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park. Redmond is running against a long-time incumbent, Bill Saundercook.

Redmond delivered an interesting, motivating presentation, which was followed by a Q and A session.  He is energetic, knowledgeable, eager to learn more, and above all else – Redmond wants to do a good job for the residents of Ward 13. Redmond is neither an incumbent nor backed by a political party.

There are three categories of candidates in Toronto elections:

1. Incumbentswhich have the advantage of campaigning every day at the taxpayers expense

2. Party backed candidatesPolitical parties are not allowed to run candidates in municipal elections. That said, some parties have been known to throw their organizational resources behind candidates.

3. Independent Candidates – which are at a severe disadvantage because they neither the advantage of incumbency nor political weight of a political party behind them.

Furthermore, these three kinds of candidates are either:

creations of the media (whose support is first invented by the media followed by actual support from voters); or

– candidates who have or are trying to generate actual support from voters.
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Why not pay people to vote?

$50 tax credit if you vote: Alberta Liberals

Canwest News Service

The Alberta Liberals plan to give voters a $50 tax credit in an effort to increase turnout, which shrank to 41% in the province’s 2008 election. The proposal, released yesterday, is among a number of steps the opposition Liberals say would make Alberta “the nation’s most transparent and accountable government.” In addition to the tax credit for voting, the Liberals would also ban corporate and union donations, strengthen the lobbyist registry and establish an independent committee to review MLA pay and benefits. The Liberals have started rolling out policies that they say will form the bones of their next election campaign. Earlier this year, they released a policy on the oil and gas industry.

Ignatieff bemoans ‘break’ between citizens, political class

Friday, March 26, 2010

David Akin,  Canwest News Service Todd Korol/Reuters

MONTREAL — With three former prime ministers and his predecessor looking on, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff opened a weekend “thinkers” conference here with an exhortation to fix what he called “the break” between the country’s political class and its citizens. Continue reading