September 1, 2021
44th General Election
Nominations for the 44th General Election closed at 2:00 pm on August 30. Elections Canada has confirmed that a total of 1,998 candidates have registered, 1,909 affiliated with political parties and 89 independents.
There are 21 political parties participating in the election. None of them are fielding candidates in all of Canada’s 338 ridings. Of the parties with seats in the House of Commons at the dissolution of parliament, the Liberal Party is short two, the Conservative Party one, the NDP three and the Green Party 103. The Bloc Québécois has registered candidates in 77 of the 78 ridings in Quebec. [More]
There are 20 days left in the 44th General Election and the results are not predictable at this time. In Canada there is no such thing as an informed vote. Canadians are told that they elect representatives but it is neither they nor individual Members of Parliament (MPs) who set the agenda. Far from it, powerful private narrow interests intervene in the election to favour a cartel party which they figure will best represent them and claim it has a mandate from the people. The so-called leaders’ debates, which are touted as the crucial event of an election to inform the electorate on what the parties stand for, are a prime example of the violation of an informed vote. Only the parties that the ruling class have decided merit attention are present and the rest are not only marginalized but then, to add insult to injury, this is justified by calling them fringe! [More]
What the Workers Have to Say
– Metal Worker from Mauricie, Quebec –