The NDP made news this week when sitting MPP Kevin Yarde in Brampton was ousted by his own riding association in a nomination meeting for Sandeep Singh. In Brampton North, approximately 150 people were able to over rule the voice of 100,000 people before the provincial election this June. What does it say about our democracy when so few people in a riding association are able to decide the candidates to represent so many people in our places of power?
There is no party like a victory party that actually happens after a victory. Especially if the previous one was in the 1940s.
But hardly any Canadians take an active role in local party politics beyond voting. Doing so leaves parties exposed to special interest groups, wealthy donors and the small number of unrepresentative people who come forward to pick leaders and choose party direction. Is it any wonder we don’t feel they reflect our priorities?
The first part of a series of articles on political finances in Ontario.
Political parties in Ontario, and across Canada, depend on public subsidies as much as public donations to survive. Shouldn’t they be able to support themselves? The answer is that the subsidies are the least of our problems with how parties raise money.