Looking beyond the major parties

Although there is a lot of media coverage on the Liberal Party, the Ontario PC party, and the Ontario NDP party during this election, there are many other candidates – and parties – to choose from.

A total of 28 political parties are registered with Elections Ontario, and many are smaller parties.

The leaders of a few of the smaller parties with candidates in London’s ridings spoke about their party, and what they would do if any of their candidates were part of the new Ontario government. Links to their websites are included if you want to read more about their platforms.

Communist Party of Ontario

The Communist Party of Ontario was formed in 1940, when it was called the Labor-Progressive Party until 1953. Leader Dave McKee explains that the party aims to implement policies that serve the needs of the working class. In particular, “an economy that puts people first,” growing universal public services, and a progressive tax reform targeting corporations.

“We’re encouraging people to think about these particular demands in our platform. We’re encouraging people to take those to candidates, take those to parties and beyond the election, take those to government,” McKee said. “Ultimately, it’s the movement outside of legislature that’s going to promote progressive change and defend that change.”

The Communist Party of Ontario has 12 candidates running for provincial election, including two in London. Clara Sorrenti is running for London North Centre, and Michael Lewis is running for London West. Sorrenti also spoke to Fuse in an article by Program Director Gerard Creces.

McKee said that the Communist Party of Ontario is unlikely to form the next government. However, if any candidates were elected, he said the party would continue to address the issues of the working class and demand response from the government.

Consensus Ontario

Consensus Ontario aims to remove all parties, including their own, upon election, and instead, have independent candidates running. According to the party’s website, a consensus-based government would include a Premier, cabinet ministers, a speaker, and a deputy speaker that were elected with consensus from all elected members.

The website also lists several problems faced by Ontarians, such as rising energy costs and increasing wait-times for medical appointments.

“Rising costs in electricity are due to poor planning of the system,” Leader Brad Harness said in an email. “The same can be said for longer ER wait times.”

The Consensus Ontario platform includes pledges to start a flat electricity rate to reduce wait times and create a program preventing a shortage of doctors and nurses.

Harness is also the Consensus Ontario candidate for London West.

Freedom Party of Ontario

The Freedom Party of Ontario Leader and London North Centre candidate Paul McKeever said the party will not have any new spending for the provincial budget.

“In this election, that’s clearly the way in which we differ from the Liberals, the PCs, and the NDP,” McKeever said. “They’re all promising billions in spending, we’re promising no new spending. We want a balanced budget. We want fiscal responsibility.”

The party also wants to end the Wynne Government’s cannabis plan and contracts between the government and solar and wind energy generators.

Other Freedom Party candidates include Tracy Pringle for London West, Dave Plumb for Elgin-Middlesex-London, and Rob Small for London-Fanshawe.

None of the Above Direct Democracy Party

The None of the Above Direct Democracy Party wants to represent constituents, rather than the constituents’ parties.

“The problem we have with our politics is we keep changing the leaders who steer the ship in exactly the same direction, maybe to a few degrees different, and keep crashing,” Leader and President Greg Vezina, said.

If elected, the None of the Above Direct Democracy party would ensure voters have a chance to vote on everything passed by the government and its opposition. Every bill where most constituents have an agreement would be passed within the first 100 days. Then, the party would deliver a survey plebiscite package within six months to voters, who must answer it within 30 days.

The party would then pass bills with the most support from both elected MPPs and the public within six months. Recall, referendum and plebiscites would then decide what passes, based on majority.

“The fact of the matter is, in the history of the world, people are much better governed when they make the decisions than when they hand over the decisions to somebody else.”

Stephen Campbell is running to be the MPP of London-Fanshawe.

Party of Objective Truth

The Party of Objective Truth is based on social meritocracy, with a social capitalism based economic plan. The party registered on the last possible day to do so for the 2018 Ontario election. Only two people, Leader and Nepean candidate Derrick Matthews, and Elgin-Middlesex-London candidate Henri Barrette are representing the party.

Matthews wants to end the provincial deficit, which he said is a crucial issue that has been “unaddressed.”

If elected, his party would eliminate the deficit by paying it off with money collected from all parties during the election. Matthews added tackling rising energy costs and other issues depends on how much effect they have in the legislature.

“I imagine our presence as a political party would certainly give us much more of a voice, certainly in the ridings we are representing,” he said.

Vote day is June 7, 2018. Be sure to read Fuse’s 30 Days to Vote Series before casting your ballot to find more about your candidates, your riding, and where to vote.





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