Online Party of Canada: Why are Canadians so turned off by politics?

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - A well-known fact, not even the politicians dispute it: most Canadians are turned off by politics, distrust politicians and government. Politicians work on their own agendas, making political deals, largely ignoring that the voters want them to do, until the next elections. The promises made during the campaigns are widely accepted as lies, yet, we re-elect people we don't trust. There's absolutely no mechanism in place to hold them accountable - well, they also make the rules..

The current political system is set in such way that the incumbents have a huge, unfair advantage at the polls due to name recognition and years of using their position to secure more funding. Given the high rate of incumbency, sweeping changes are next to impossible, and the newcomers to the political scene are perceived to become 'tainted' quickly as they often forget what they promised during the campaign and join the political games in preparation for next elections.

The cause and also the consequence of current status is the fact that most Canadians are turned off and do not participate in the political process. Going to the polls is not enough! We must put a bit of effort into it - read about the issues and more importantly get to know the candidates. When in doubt, vote someone new; if we keep electing incumbents, change cannot happen. Politicians are happy to see us uninterested or absent from the polls, because ironically, by not participating we support the 'status quo'.

Many Canadians don't vote at all, and those who do, often vote out of anger simply by picking the other side, admitting that 'they're not much better'. The smaller parties don't stand a chance, given the importance of money and regulations; not even rich people can break through!

"The internet is the game changer" opines Mr. Michael Nicula, founder of the Online Party of Canada (OPC). The information spreads fast and cheap via social networking, and this is our only hope that someday people will be inspired and interested in the way their elected representatives run the government, and will participate in the political dialogue".

SOURCE Online Party of Canada

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Michael Nicula
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