Last month the federal NDP nominated Craig Scott, a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Scott’s areas of political interests include human rights issues, both around the world and here at home with our Aboriginal peoples, and ending discrimination in the housing sector.
This month, the federal Liberals nominated advertising executive and FLICK OFF founder Grant Gordon. Gordon’s firm, which he also founded, focuses on branding socially and environmentally responsible companies. His candidacy for the Liberal nomination made waves in the news because of the fresh, positive, and fun approach he brought to politics through an amusing call to action for voters. Gordon’s political interests include protecting the environment and the security of our pension system.
The Problem of Voter Apathy – Looking To Form An Anti-Apathy Coalition
First Reason For Voter Apathy – Politics is Nothing But a Party for the Parties!
The last few posts have been about the problem of political parties. The political process is dominated by the parties. (But, it doesn’t have to be that way.)
To be specific the party candidates are loyal to the Party and not to the residents of the riding. People tend to NOT be interested in people who are NOT interested in them. Since the parties are not interested in the people, the people are not interested in the parties. Since the parties ARE politics, people are not interested in politics. That may be the reason why there is so much apathy in politics. The voting turnout in the last Ontario Election (October 2011) was as low as it has ever been.
Toronto Danforth Candidates Debate – Thursday March 15, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor
Meet Your Candidates
The date is rapidly approaching. Toronto Danforth is headed for another election to replace Jack Layton. The sentiment is that whoever replaces Jack will have “big shoes to fill”. Well maybe, but remember that the new MP for Toronto Danforth will NOT be a party leader. As a result, this upcoming by-election is an opportunity for Toronto Danforth to elect an MP who will represent Toronto Danforth. Because of Jack’s responsibilities as NDP leader, Jack focused his energy on being NDP leader. He did not participate in the Toronto Danforth election debates. His non-attendance triggered resentment among (at least some) Toronto Danforth residents. But, it’s time to move on and elect a new MP. Toronto Danforth has an interesting and engaging group of candidates. Let’s also hope for a higher voter turnout. Come meet your candidates in the March 15 Toronto Danforht All Candidates Debate as follows:
Thursday March 15 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor
Ten of the eleven candidates have confirmed their attendance – Conservative Andrew Keyes has not yet confirmed