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Represent where you live.

October 13, 2009

Why are candidates in Canadian elections allowed to run for office in wards/ridings/precincts that they don’t actually live in?

In the US, we call that carpetbagging and even then it requires moving to an area, purchasing a home, and setting up residence long before the target election.  (See Hillary Clinton and New York state.)

In Canada, its just normal.  Party leaders look for ridings that they believe they can win.  (This has yet to actually work for Elizabeth May.)

It happens over and over again in Saskatoon and I’m still amazed each time.  Rather than representing their neighborhood, candidates can pick a ward with an easier opponent or no incumbent.  Why?

And I’m still amazed that the requirements for being a school board trustee are so lax.

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