[kwlug-disc] Asking questions of candidates during the election.
bjonkman at sobac.com
Sun Apr 3 14:02:02 EDT 2011
The Pirate Party is not a one-issue party. Even a quick look at their
Web site will show that they have four major planks in their national
All political issues are being addressed by candidates of The Pirate
Party; I have had discussions on foreign policy, fiscal policy, health
care, &c. with other members.
The name of "The Pirate Party" has been deliberately chosen to leverage
the media characterization of people who infringe copyright as
"Pirates", giving Pirate Party members an opportunity to engage people
in discussion. Thank you, Raul, for contributing to that. Even though
some other registered parties have larger membership, it's The Pirate
Party that can make its voice heard precisely because of the mockery
implied by its name.
There are currently two Pirate Party candidates in Waterloo Region:
Greg Wedow, Kitchener Centre
Steven Scott, Kitchener Waterloo
I've asked them to come to the KWLUG meeting on Monday night. I'm sure
they'll be quite willing to address questions on any part of the Pirate
Party platform, as well as any other political issues.
(former director of the Pirate Party of Canada)
On 2011-04-03 at 13:40:03 Raul Suarez wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Ralph Janke<txwikinger at ubuntu.com>
>> Currently, there are candidates who have expressed interest of
>> running for the Pirate Party of Canada for the Kitchener-Waterloo
>> riding as well as the Kitchener-Centre riding.
> Honestly I cannot take seriously people that don't take themselves seriously.
> I may have a laugh and enjoy a beer with them, but not consider them as viable
> The main three reasons:
> 1. I dislike "one issue" parties (green party, marijuana party, etc). As anyone
> elected will need to work on many issues, just one of them will be their
> 2. The name of the party denotes mockery. Based on what I read, they are not for
> Piracy, but for advancement of "information laws". Again, the issues may be
> serious, but their approach is not.
> 3. Did I mention "one issue" parties?
> I am not only a content producer and consumer, I am also a parent, a driver, a
> home owner, etc...
> Raul Suarez
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