Toronto Danforth Candidates – March 15, 2012 – Final Debate before voting

 

 

A special thanks to David Langer of Toronto for his extraordinary effort in producing this video and videos of the other candidates debates. We officially award David Langer:

“The Toronto Daforth MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for The Enhancement of Democracy in Toronto Danforth!!”

You will find more of his election videos on his YouTube Channel.

Thanks also to the Candidates who are seeking to be our elected representative in Toronto Danforth. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to public service. Simply holding yourself out as a candidate is an act of public service. We are grateful to you.

This has one of the most interesting races/campaigns ever.

Although only one candidate can get the most votes, each of the candidates is a winner!

Thoughts on the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth Candidates Meeting

Organizer Susan Fletcher and moderator Neil Sinclair did a fantastic job – well organized and well run. You can meet the candidates at this  account of the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth debate. A similar account is here. Will mix some of my own thoughts/observations with the “Tweets of the evening”.

Ten of the eleven candidates were present and participated. The Libertarian Party candidate did not appear. His absence was a disappointment for those who believe that there may be too much government in Canada. In any case, we were left with ten candidates who (to varying degrees) seem to believe that government is the solution to many of the world’s problems.

So, some impressions – nothing but opinions. I invite your comments. Continue reading Thoughts on the March 1, 2012 Toronto Danforth Candidates Meeting

Meet the Canadidates – Applegrove – March 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

On March 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. you are encouraged  to meet the Toronto Danforth candidates at Applegrove Community Complex:

60 Woodfield Road.

The poster  advertising the meeting is  below.

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Meet Neil Sinclair – the moderator or should we  see “Master of  Ceremonies”. Neil  was a superb candidate in Ward 32 in the 2012 Municipal  Election.  We have found that Municipal Candidates make very good moderators. In the past both Liz West (Ward 30 candidate) and Jennifer Wood (Ward 29 candidate) have moderated our debates. Meet Neil  in the following video. Continue reading Meet the Canadidates – Applegrove – March 1, 2012 – 7:00 p.m.

Voter Apathy – The inevitable result of political parties and the “first past the post” system

The Problem of Voter Apathy – Looking To Form An Anti-Apathy Coalition

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport! On March 19, 2012 get out and vote!

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.

Interestingly, there was much more interest in the 2010 Municipal election. All of the candidates are (at least in theory) independent. (Although the NDP continues to support its candidates in Municipal elections. Both Toronto Wards 29 and 30 are cases in point.) This does make the candidates more responsive to the voters. Continue reading Voter Apathy – The inevitable result of political parties and the “first past the post” system