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None Of The Above – a New Political Party

My prayers have been answered.  A new political party is born in Ontario.  Its called None Of The Above Party, (abbreviates to NOTA)!  Isn’t that wild?  Somehow this party has come into existence, been approved by Elections Ontario and fielded a slate of eight candidates, six of them in Mississauga–home of Hazel McCallion, possibly the oldest mayor in the world.  Did some of her famous practical reasoning rub off!  

NOTA is the brainchild of businessman Greg Vezina (pronounced Vesna or Vezna) who received honourable mention on TVO’s The Agenda May 29  show Pushing Out the Vote.  Good on Greg.  I then watched a friendly interview on NOTA’s facebook page.  My first impression was favourable despite NOTA having a thin platform.  Greg is one of those people, unlike me, who pay attention to the minutiae of politics (who-did-what-to-whom) and who I think would be quite valuable as an MPP, bringing concerns energetically to the floor that no other mainstream party would dare mention.  And if one or two managed to get elected– a miracle of the first order– I doubt Ontario or democracy or the economy would sink into the ocean any more than under the already crushing weight of our monumental provincial debt.  And it certainly is a development which brings into sharp focus that disenchanted voters are staying away in droves.

A more positive take is that NOTA would likely serve as a lightening rod for disaffected voters, who would undoubtedly fill the ears and minds of NOTA notables with all manner of issues that should be voiced at Queens Park.  Just what the doctor ordered, as my dad used to say.

Definitely this election just got more interesting.

Here’s the rub.

As detailed in my previous blog, I’d sent an email to Elections Ontario requesting/ demanding that voters be given the option of explicitly – ie. without confusion- indicating their displeasure by being able to select ‘none of the above‘ as a final option on the ballot.  I’d hoped that such a strategy would serve to increase turnout, and would serve to bring the stark reality home to politicians just how disillusioned many of us are.  Did I get what I wanted?  Nope.  Since NOTA has no candidate in my riding, I still cannot make clear my frustration except by declining my ballot, which,  as I said, is not explicit and could happen for any number of reasons.  Perhaps I’d have an argument with the returning officer or just get out of  bed on the wrong side that day.

What to do?  Should I take Elections Ontario to task, in court or otherwise for allowing a confusing party name?  Like if they gave me what I asked, they would have to print,  for the Mississauga riding, a line showing ‘none of the above‘ just below the line showing None Of The Above!! Confusing, no? Couldn’t the party have been called Disillusioned Voters Party?  Hey, like stuck cars on Toronto’s DVP!  🙂

I’d hate to give Elections Ontario an excuse to force  NOTA party candidates off the ballot.  And the idea of allowing a non-entity / non-person option onto the ballot is a bit far fetched, potentially necessitating another run-off election if more voters selected ‘none of the above‘ than any of the real candidates.  A good idea, imo, but one that would have to be legislated into existence as noted by nota.org,  an unrelated (US) website.

Hmm, what to do?  Let me know what you think and please stay tuned.  Hopefully you’ll be able to see my questionable visage somewhere in Mississauga helping this fledgling effort along.

Bob Curmudgeonly Innes

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