NDP & Grit riding associations race to avoid deregistration – Feedback

Defeated Green Party candidate and perennial political gadfly Michael Marshall, who has been hounding his party’s executive to comply with financial disclosure rules, finds the legislation governing riding associations too complicated—and a damper on participation.

Elections Canada is asking the parties if the added complexity of their new election legislation is reducing the number of people willing to get involved in the political process. Part of the reason for the lower voter turnout is because, in many ridings, only one or two parties are truly competitive—and the complexity of election laws is one reason that many riding executives are so weak—no one wants to take on thanklessly complex jobs that may send them to jail.

Elections Nova Scotia communications director Dana Philip Doiron hinted Friday that the Elections Act and the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act need tweaking. In an interview Friday, he said the legislation offers no guidance on how a party that has been deregistered—as the Greens are on the brink of being—can be reregistered.

“It’s a bit of a work in progress,” he said. “There are some holes in the legislation.”

Lying bastards (cont.)

Esteemed Metro gadfly Michael Marshall, running this time for the Greens in Bill Dooks’s Eastern Shore riding, agrees with fellow veridian David Croft. He writes:

I am running and organizing again for the Greens, and I do for them what I did as an N-dipper: tell everybody what I think we’ll actually get for votes, be it 2% or 16%. It didn’t seem to hurt me among the public, other parties, or the media, but the party faithful often protested that we were going to win and should say so.

But when I asked if  they were willing to sign for a few thousand dollars in bank loans against the rebate returned to winning candidates, they quickly backed off. Generally, the lazier the supporter, the more they proclaim we’re ‘going to win.’ The real workers know better.