[kwlug-disc] Asking questions of candidates during the election.
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Thu Mar 31 15:35:13 EDT 2011
Folks should absolutely get involved. Call your favourite candidate and
ask them for a sign - and raise the issue you're concerned about.
Better yet, drop some cash on them - running a campaign is brutally
expensive (lawn signs can be $5-$25 each - multiply that by the
thousands). And when you sign the cheque, raise the issue you're
Candidates will listen to their base - start the process there.
On 31/03/11 03:23 PM, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 2:54 PM, L.D. Paniak
> <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
>> What happened to write-ins? Can't one just ask for a blank ballot on
>> election day and pencil in any name?
> That is a US tradition. It is my understanding (and would have to
> do some research to verify) that such ballots are counted as being
> spoiled in Canada.
> Note: There are many differences between Canada's democratic system
> and the one used in the USA, and not just the ones that #CPC
> candidates are confused about :-)
>> I thought anyone can be a candidate.
> They can if they prove to Elections Canada (federally) or the
> relevant body in other elections that they have the support of a
> minimum of constituents to have their name put on the ballot. They
> have to have the nomination papers signed and sent into the returning
> officer for their riding before a certain number of days before
> election day (haven't looked it up this election).
> Check out "Information for candidates" as a starting point if this
> stuff is interesting...
> BTW: I highly recommend people get involved in the process. Join and
> participate with a smaller party, as you will learn things you won't
> have as easier access to with a larger.
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