The None of the Above Direct Democracy party already has 45 candidates for the Ontario elections of June 2, 2022, ahead of the 42 named in 2018.
—Greg Vezina, Ontario Party Leader None of the above for Direct Democracy
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The direct-democracy None of the Above (NOTA Party) has already nominated more candidates three months before the June 2, 2022 Ontario election than the 42 it nominated in the 2018 election.
Going from 8 candidates in 7% of ridings in 2014 to 42 candidates in 34% in the 2018 Ontario election, the NOTA party is already in the lead with 44 candidates, on track to nominate candidates in all 124 ridings on June 2 2022. Election.
This rapid expansion in the last two elections alone, from 8 to 42 candidates, has made the NOTA Party the fastest growing Ontario party in a century since the United Farmers Party fielded 64 candidates in the 1919 Ontario election. .
The CCF/NDP won three elections (1934 – 1943), the Green Party five elections (1985 – 1999) and the Libertarian Party eight elections (1985 – 2011) to nominate as many candidates for an election.
In the 2014 Ontario election, the 29,442 rejected ballots were the highest number on record. The media reported the results widely when Elections Ontario released them.
The 2018 Ontario election had the second highest number of rejected ballots ever recorded with 22,684 votes. The combined total of 61,426 rejected, spoiled and unmarked ballots was also the second highest (third in percentage) since reform of Ontario’s election law in 1975 to count them separately and collectively.
The NOTA Party’s combined vote total in 2018 in 42 out of 16,149 constituencies with the 22,682 rejected ballots was 38,832 ballots, the largest such protest vote since 1975.
The 2018 election was the first since 1975 where Elections Ontario’s unofficial results did not include a summary or individual count of rejected, spoiled and unmarked ballots on Election Day or shortly thereafter, as this was the practice in the past. Poll by poll details of all 124 ridings were released, but the summary of those combined results was not released until six months later, when it was tabled in the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
No summary of separate vote totals for the individual number of declined, spoiled and unmarked ballots is published by Elections Ontario for the 2018 election, even though the law specifically requires that they all be treated and counted separately. .
Due to current Elections Ontario practices, the public is almost completely unaware of the historic 2018 results for declined, spoiled and unmarked ballots combined, as well as individual declined ballots, which are the second highest ever. recorded.
During the 2018 election, the national citizens’ advocacy group Democracy Watch complained about the third consecutive election about Elections Ontario refusing to commit to mentioning the right to refuse ballots in its television, radio and print advertisements, and other voter education materials, thereby failing to fully inform voters that they even have the right to refuse their ballot.
The NOTA Party of Ontario campaigns for the 3Rs of direct democracy – referendum, recall and reforms to electoral, legislative, transparency and accountability laws and practices, to give voters control over politicians and parties during and between elections. elections. Candidates are accountable to their constituents and there is no central party politics or control of elected MPs beyond the binding principles of direct democracy.
In the 1991 recall and initiative referendum in British Columbia, voters approved the referendum and recall laws by more than 80%. In 1995, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Mike Harris, promised to pass the municipal and provincial elections referendum laws if elected, but he did not introduce the approved bill to the Committee in 1998. On June 17, 2021, Alberta also passed recall legislation.
Switzerland is a rare example of a country with instruments of direct democracy (at municipal, cantonal and federal level). Citizens have more power there than in any representative democracy.
Any Canadian citizen who has resided in Ontario for at least six months prior and who is 18 years of age or older on polling day (which is not otherwise prohibited) may become a candidate in an election by completing and filing the form (F0400) containing a minimum of 25 signatures of eligible voters in the electoral district in which they are running. They need not reside in that constituency and there is no cost to become a candidate.
Some of the well-known NOTA Party candidates nominated for the June 2, 2022 election are: Hydrofuel Canada CEO Greg Vezina (Mississauga Centre); Canada’s first Veterans Ombudsman, Colonel Pat Stogran Rtd. (Orleans); G-20 Registrar and Civil Rights Advocate Adam Nobody (Spadina-Fort York); Author and creator of TIME-EQUITY Richard Kiernicki (Etobicoke Centre;, workers’ rights advocate Paul Taylor (Guelph); aerospace engineer Kevin Linfield (Essex); and artist and broadcast technician Marc Adornato (Ottawa-Centre).
Anyone interested in being a candidate can apply on the NOTA Party 2022 candidates page: https://nota.ca/ontario/candidates/
VIDEO: CTV Power Play: Greg Vezina, None of the above party (At 3:15 p.m., Don Martin predicts a future landslide for the NOTA party election.)