[kwlug-disc] Asking questions of candidates during the election.

Bob Jonkman 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 
platform: https://www.pirateparty.ca/about

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.

--Bob Jonkman
(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
> options:
> 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
> platform.
> 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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