TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - On October 19th the Canadian voter will face yet again the same agonizing conundrum: all parties are bad, but not in the same way. The Conservatives seem stronger on the economy, but they tend to take away your civil liberties and social assistance; the Liberals were kicked out recently because of a corruption scandal; they would legalize marijuana but will increase taxes and deficits; the socialist platform of NDP would raise taxes and boost social assistance but will cripple the economy and finally the Greens will save the planet but will ruin the economy in the process.
Voters tend to cast their ballot strategically, meaning they would vote for the party that has the best chance to defeat the one they really hate. The so-called 'strategic vote' means that the many voters end up casting a negative, dishonest vote, with many not even bothering to go out and vote at all. In the end, very few voters are satisfied with the results mostly because they did not get a chance to communicate their wishes and aspirations. Add to that the fact that the elections only happen every 4 years, and there's very little that can be done about elected officials who lied, made empty promises or flip-flop on key issues.
Since the last General Election, a new Canadian party came up with a new, refreshing approach: the Internet era today allows us to adopt in politics the same technologies we use on a daily basis in most other aspects of our lives. The benefits of Online Voting are immense: voters will have a chance to pick and choose what they like from every political platform, there would be a constant interaction with the elected officials and some big decisions (such as human rights issues, how the federal budget should be spent or going to war etc.) could be done through inexpensive, superfast referendums. Lastly, Internet use would make government transparency a simple task: all non-secret documents must be posted online so every taxpayer can see how the money is collected and spent.
PACT – the Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency – is the Online Party of Canada; a non-partisan political forum where all voters are welcome regardless of their political stripe, are treated equally and are invited to raise new issues, vote and comment freely. Moreover, PACT requires that their Candidates to public office sign a document called the Accountability Oath that compels them to act in accordance with the result of the online vote. Our 'PACT for Canada' Platform is shaped up by voters, not the ideas of some small group of interests.
Michael Nicula, PACT Candidate in Spadina-Fort York (Toronto):
"It is time to turn the page on our old political system that obviously cannot keep up with the technological advances. Hard to believe but in this day and age we conduct political activities pretty much the same way it was done 100 years ago! We can't decide how to vote because many of us are Conservative when it comes to low taxes and balanced budgets, but we're Liberal in regards to Human Rights, we believe in Social services and we care about Environment.
PACT allows you to vote issue-by-issue instead of those 'mixed-bag' platforms; keeps your vote safe, private and verifiable, and listens to you online constantly, not just every once in a while. Embrace the future of politics today at VotePACT.ca".
PACT invites all voters but especially young people and those who don't usually vote, to check out the entire political spectrum. There are 20+ registered parties and some of them have made an effort to present decent platforms or ideas. For many of us, the taxes represent the biggest expense every year, and we all share a piece of the enormous public debt. It is worth a couple of hours' effort to research all Platforms and to go out and cast a positive, honest vote for what we stand for, instead of a vote against some party that lost credibility.
Keep in mind; if you don't vote, the wrong party wins every time!
SOURCE Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency
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