ELEC­TION MAEL­STROM

David Reevely ex­am­ines core is­sues

Ottawa Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - BLAIR CRAW­FORD

You prob­a­bly won’t see their elec­tions signs — they may not even have a can­di­date in many of the prov­ince’s 124 rid­ings — but On­tario is rich in fringe, or, shall we say, lower-promi­nence par­ties. Some are earnest. Some seem friv­o­lous. Some have oneis­sue on their plat­form, while oth­ers seek a com­plete revamp of the so­cial sys­tem.

Reg­is­ter­ing a po­lit­i­cal party is free, but the party must first re­serve the name with Elec­tions On­tario, then ap­point a chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and au­di­tor. Once reg­is­tered, the party is el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive con­tri­bu­tions and is­sue tax re­ceipts, fi­nance po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, have cam­paign ex­penses re­im­bursed and set up rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and can­di­dates. Here’s a brief look at all 28 par­ties that had reg­is­tered for the elec­tion by Thurs­day’s deadline:

CANA­DIAN ECO­NOMIC PARTY

Cana­dian Eco­nomic Party: The CEP reg­is­tered with Elec­tions On­tario on Thurs­day, the fi­nal day to do so. It has two can­di­dates in Toronto and a web­site the leads to a dead link.

CANA­DI­ANS CHOICE PARTY

Field­ing five can­di­dates, the CCP bills it­self as an al­ter­na­tive to the “Gang of Three” and re­cruited can­di­dates from “independent thinkers, po­lit­i­cally savvy ac­tivist and do­ers, who are pas­sion­ate to re­move an ag­gres­sive and un­trust­wor­thy Lib­eral gov­ern­ment in On­tario.” Its leader is Bah­man Yaz­dan­far. CCP can­di­date James Sears, who faces hate crime charges for his con­tro­ver­sial Your Ward News news­let­ter in Toronto, is run­ning in Ot­tawa Cen­tre.

CUL­TURAL AC­TION PARTY OF CANADA

The CAP, with three can­di­dates in­clud­ing one in Car­leton, calls it­self a pop­ulist move­ment and says the state has usurped cit­i­zens’ “God given rights.” Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, CAP “stands for con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism, the rule of law, due process, free mar­kets and in­di­vid­ual lib­er­ties, in­clud­ing free­dom of re­li­gion, speech, press and as­sem­bly. As im­por­tantly, we stand for the sanc­tity of the fam­ily, the very build­ing block of so­ci­ety.”

COM­MU­NIST PARTY OF CANADA (ON­TARIO)

The Com­mu­nists say they of­fer a “peo­ple’s al­ter­na­tive” and vow to curb cor­po­rate power, while in­creas­ing jobs, rais­ing wages and re­form­ing taxes while promising a “mas­sive ex­pan­sion of pub­lic ser­vice.” Its strat­egy is “to build a Peo­ple’s Coali­tion of class and so­cial forces will­ing to unite in a mil­i­tant strug­gle for a com­mon pro­gram to curb cor­po­rate power.” The com­mu­nist party has a slate of 12 can­di­dates, in­clud­ing ones in Ot­tawa Cen­tre and Ot­tawa South.

CON­SEN­SUS ON­TARIO

The party will work to abol­ish it­self — and all po­lit­i­cal par­ties — in favour of a leg­is­la­ture of independent MPPs that it says will pro­vide “bet­ter, truer rep­re­sen­ta­tion of rid­ings in the leg­is­la­ture; strength­en­ing all MPPs’ voices.” The party sup­ports “all mea­sures of pop­ulism” such as ref­er­en­dums and re­call votes. Con­sen­sus has 10 can­di­dates reg­is­tered, none in the Ot­tawa area.

FREE­DOM PARTY OF ON­TARIO

The Free­dom Party is against the car­bon tax, sup­ports free speech, re­jects “forced speech” and will “adapt” to cli­mate change rather than try to fight it. It would scrap the Green En­ergy Act and the Lib­eral plan for cannabis sales. It sums up its phi­los­o­phy as “com­mit­ments to re­al­ity, rea­son, self, and con­sent” and says all gov­ern­ment de­ci­sions should be based on “facts and claims that are sup­ported, ul­ti­mately, by phys­i­cal ev­i­dence.” It has 14 can­di­dates, in­clud­ing one in Ot­tawa-Vanier.

GO VE­GAN

Its leader is Paul Figueiras, but the party doesn’t have a web­site or on­line pres­ence. It has two can­di­dates in Toronto.

GREEN PARTY OF ON­TARIO

The Greens have never elected an MPP in On­tario, but nev­er­the­less are a force in the elec­tion. Leader Mike Schreiner has led the party since 2009. The party’s three pil­lars — jobs, peo­ple, planet — are sup­ported by its goals of a cleaner en­vi­ron­ment, and it says its poli­cies are fully costed out. “We must de­fend the places we love on this planet,” the Greens say. “There is no Planet B.” Green party can­di­dates are reg­is­tered in al­most all Ot­tawa and East­ern On­tario rid­ings.

IN­DE­PEN­DENTS

You don’t need to be­long to a reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal party to run for the leg­is­la­ture. Thirty-two can­di­dates listed ei­ther as “independent” or “no af­fil­i­a­tion” will be on the bal­lot June 7, in­clud­ing one in Car­leton.

MUL­TI­CUL­TURAL PARTY OF ON­TARIO

The party’s leader is Wa­syl Luczkiw, but it does not have a web­site or on­line pres­ence. It has two can­di­dates in the Ni­a­gara area.

THE NEW DEMO­CRATIC PARTY OF ON­TARIO

Leader An­drea Hor­wath is fight­ing her third elec­tion at the party’s helm. On­tario has had one NDP pre­mier, Bob Rae, who won 74 seats and a stun­ning ma­jor­ity in 1990. Since then the party has strug­gled, run­ning third in the next six elec­tions and never win­ning more than the 21 seats it took in 2014.

NONE OF THE ABOVE DI­RECT DEMOC­RACY PARTY

NOTA says it’s com­mit­ted to the Three Rs — Ref­er­en­dum, Re­call and real elec­toral and leg­isla­tive Re­forms. It wants MPPs who aren’t bound to their party, but rather by the con­cerns of their elec­torate. It has 42 can­di­dates, in­clud­ing ones in six Ot­tawa and area rid­ings.

NORTH­ERN ON­TARIO PARTY (NOP)

NOP has an agenda aimed at im­prov­ing life and the econ­omy of North­ern On­tario. It calls for an end to the clos­ing of north­ern schools and wants new schools built that can dou­ble as com­mu­nity cen­tres, li­braries and ful­fil other com­mu­nity needs. It wants a 10-year tax break for new in­dus­tries in the re­gion. It’s push­ing for North­ern On­tario hy­dro power to re­place south­ern On­tario nu­clear plants. It has 10 can­di­dates in north­ern rid­ings.

ON­TARIO AL­LIANCE

On­tario Al­liance is a new party “made up of reg­u­lar ev­ery­day folk like you, tired of waste­ful gov­ern­ment spend­ing, disil­lu­sioned by re­gional dis­par­ity and sick and tired of the ever grow­ing pro­vin­cial debt.” It’s op­posed to the car­bon tax, the cur­rent school sex ed­u­ca­tion plan, and prom­ises a bal­anced bud­get with debt and deficit re­duc­tion and “right­siz­ing gov­ern­ment.” It has four can­di­dates, none in the Ot­tawa area.

ON­TARIO LIB­ERAL PARTY

The party has ruled On­tario since 2003 with four straight elec­tion wins, three of them by ma­jor­ity. Leader Kathleen Wynne takes the party into her sec­ond elec­tion, but is per­son­ally un­pop­u­lar and the party is cur­rently run­ning in third place in the polls. The Lib­er­als are tout­ing free child­care pro­grams, a high-speed rail link across cen­tral and south­ern On­tario and have plans to raise the min­i­mum wage to $15 as of Jan. 1, 2019. It has also launched at­tacks on Con­ser­va­tive Leader Doug Ford.

ON­TARIO LIB­ER­TAR­IAN PARTY

With a vi­sion of “pros­per­ing in peace­ful free­dom through pri­vate prop­erty pro­tec­tion” the Lib­er­tar­i­ans are run­ning more than 100 can­di­dates and will be on the bal­lot in all Ot­tawa-area rid­ings. The party prom­ises a path to pros­per­ity by “re­duc­ing the em­pha­sis and reliance on ex­clu­sively gov­ern­ment de­liv­ered pro­grams and ser­vices” while giv­ing peo­ple “un­fet­tered” ac­cess to pri­vately de­liv­ered ser­vices “with­out ar­ti­fi­cial ra­tioning and gov­ern­ment con­trol.”

ON­TARIO MOD­ER­ATE PARTY

The Mod­er­ates bill them­selves as a “party of the po­lit­i­cal cen­tre” — un­sur­pris­ingly — and push for civil lib­er­ties, eco­nomic lib­er­al­ism and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. It sees tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion, such as hy­dro­gen hy­brid cars and res­i­den­tial rooftop wind tur­bines as an en­gine for the On­tario econ­omy. The party will field 16 can­di­dates, none in the Ot­tawa area.

ON­TARIO PRO­VIN­CIAL CON­FED­ER­A­TION OF RE­GIONS PARTY

The party has two reg­is­tered can­di­dates, in­clud­ing pres­i­dent Mur­ray Reid. It claims the ex­ist­ing big three par­ties are cor­rupt and takes a strong stance against bilin­gual­ism.

ON­TARIO SO­CIAL RE­FORM PARTY

SRP has two can­di­dates in the Toronto’s 905 area. No other in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

PARTY FOR PEO­PLE WITH SPE­CIAL NEEDS

Founded in 2007, the Party for Peo­ple with Spe­cial Needs ad­vo­cates for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and their fam­i­lies. The party, which has can­di­dates in five Toronto rid­ings, as­serts that “when we help a peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, we are help­ing ev­ery­one.” Its goal is to ap­ply pres­sure on ma­jor par­ties to lis­ten to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and un­der­stand their is­sues.

PARTY OF OB­JEC­TIVE TRUTH

POT has two can­di­dates, in­clud­ing one in Ne­pean. It reg­is­tered on the fi­nal day and has a web­site that is “un­der con­struc­tion.” No other de­tails were avail­able.

STOP CLI­MATE CHANGE PARTY

Reg­is­ter­ing on the fi­nal day, the party has two can­di­dates in the Peter­bor­ough area. No other de­tails were avail­able.

PAU­PER PARTY OF ON­TARIO

Leader John “The Engi­neer” Turmel’s name should be fa­mil­iar. Since 1979, he’s run in more than 90 elec­tions at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment. An Ot­tawa na­tive, Turmel is listed in Guin­ness World Record for most elec­tions con­tested. He has never won, but is look­ing to end that streak in Brantford-Brant.

AARON VIN­CENT ELKAIM /THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

On­tario Lib­eral Leader Kathleen Wynne vis­its can­cer care nurses at the South­lake Re­gional Health Cen­tre in New­mar­ket last week.

AARON VIN­CENT ELKAIM /THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

On­tario Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Leader Doug Ford holds a rally to speak about Hy­dro One in Toronto on Tues­day.

JACK MA­CLAREN Tril­lium Party MPP for Car­leton-Mis­sis­sippi Mills

MIKE SCHREINER Green Party leader

JOHN TURMEL Pau­per Party of Canada

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