Internet to Run for Prime Minister

Candidacy Announced in Response to Citizens' Pledges to Vote for the Internet

VANCOUVER, April 18 /CNW/ - Sensing Canadians, especially youth, are hungry for change and a positive vision for the future, The Internet, aka Net, has announced that they are running for Prime Minister of Canada.

A month after almost half-a-million Canadians stood up for the Internet by signing OpenMedia.ca's Stop The Meter petition, and only days after over 35,000 citizens took a pledge to vote for the Internet, Net followed Tuesday's Federal Leaders debate via Twitter and was shocked when no one answered the call for strong digital leadership. Within hours Net brought together a meeting of their closest and most trusted advisers, and decided to file the nomination papers early this morning.

Net picked up an early endorsement from OpenMedia.ca, which hailed the candidate as one that holds the fundamental democratic principles that should guide Internet governance in Canada. Net will be putting forward a platform unlike any other, based on principles of openness and affordability.

"Canadians are not happy with what passes as leadership these days. We need to shake this race up a bit. Net has strong foreign policy credentials, and a positive vision for the future of Canada. This is a candidate Canadians will surely support." said Steve Anderson, Net's Campaign Manager.

"I get to travel a lot," said Net, "and as a proud Canadian, I can honestly tell you we're falling behind. The rest of the world is quickly embracing the digital age; they recognize the future engines of economic growth will require more speed, more affordability, and more openness."

Net added: "Do we embrace the digital age and its full potential, or do we get left behind? That's the choice facing Canadians in this election."

Net's campaign headquarters can be found at http://VoteNet.ca. Net can also be found on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/Vote4Net

This Internet sensation is sweeping the nation.

About OpenMedia.ca
OpenMedia.ca is a national, non-partisan, non-profit public engagement organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada. Our primary goal is to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media, cultural, information, and telecommunications policy formation.

SOURCE OpenMedia.ca

For further information:

Lindsey Pinto
Vote Net Communications Manager
778-238-7710
lindsey@openmedia.ca

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