Pirate Party is Pleased To Announce New Policy

Toronto - The Pirate Party of Canada is launching it’s first comprehensive policy, with topics ranging from defence to health, we want to better represent Canadians and give a clear picture as to what our party is about.

“The Pirate Party is a progressive movement, and it is time that our party step up and outline what it is that we stand for.” States party leader, Travis McCrea. “Mincome was effective before, and other basic income programs are showing success internationally; Drug patents are over burdening our provincial health providers; and we are fighting a senseless war on drugs. My party is ready to stand up for science and rational thought, something Canada desperately needs.”

When campaigning in election 41 in Vancouver-Centre, Travis McCrea had talked to many seniors who were unable to afford their medications. This was what inspired him to look into medications and drug patents, and what he found drove him to seek reform in the area.

The current tax system is too complicated, especially for web businesses. Who knows what is supposed to be taxed and what isn’t when you are just sharing your hobby on ebay or kijiji? Small businesses and startups should not have to hire an accountant, and so another major focus will be on making taxes simpler: especially for startups and online businesses.

The Pirate Party recognizes that with a First Past the Post voting system, it is important to outline a general policy for constituents to know exactly who they are voting for. While we don’t like the current electoral system (and indeed, it is a part of our new platform to fix it), we are going to work harder to appeal to a broader audience.

You can view our new online policy book at https://policy.pirateparty.ca


The Pirate Party is a progressive civil liberties party which focuses on empowerment of all people. For more information about our policies, questions, comments, or concerns, please dial (778) 800-2744 or (877) 978-2023 and press option 2 for media.


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>>>Pourquoi le Parti Pirate?<<<

Why Pirate Party?

1. Open Democracy

One of our main founding principles was Open Government. This means an Open Data policy with proactive disclosure and free access to government data. This will allow anyone to scrutinize and catch any error, negligence or corruption early on. Open Government also means increased transparency, and giving constituents real voices. This can be achieved with electoral reform .

2. Mincome / Basic Income Guarantee (B.I.G.)

Unemployment and income inequality is on the rise and we risk a breakdown of social cohesion without a system for resource distribution as we face increased automation. We're shifting from a bureaucratic culture of constant work-demands to a culture of passion, joy, and learning for the sake of learning.

Mincome will lead to cost savings and create a sustainable economy. See our press release for how that can be achieved.

3. Autonomy and Decentralization

We believe that the world works best when individuals are making informed decisions. It is our goal to get all information to all people, so they may be more informed voters, consumers, participants, and teachers. We do not need to force information culture & the hacker ethic onto people we can simply allow them to choose access. We believe the right to choose our identity, name, and appearance is inalienable.

4. Copyright and Patent Reform
Copyright and patent's main purpose was for propagation of culture and innovation. Our current copyright and patent laws are continuously being corrupted due to lobbying by copyright and patent monopolist. These monopolist refuses to innovate and provide wider access and pass on the savings from the new lower distribution cost. Instead the copyright and patent terms keeps getting extended to benefit the few to the detriment of the public interest. The opposite should happen. Copyright and patent terms should be shortened since our new information infrastructure (i.e. the internet) have brought us cheaper and faster means of distributing media contents and information. Mandatory licensing, owner's rights to a non-DRM product, open access to research data and shorter copyright term are some of the natural changes that is needed if we want to create a more open and progressive society. This will ensure future artist and innovator are not hampered by patent and copyright gatekeepers who uses rent seeking law for anti-competitive purposes.

Human beings increasingly have a moral duty to share information with one another. Libraries are stuck in the last century, enforcing artificial scarcity on digital content. If libraries were upgraded for the modern age, we would no longer need filesharing. And let's face it, watching and listening to whatever you want to is fun. It breaks down arbitrary global borders of access and creates a global culture defined by people- not by corporations.

At the Pirate Party- we believe more information leads to better decisions. We believe that more voices leads to better compromises. We believe in Canadians.

Our democracy need a serious upgrade and Pirate Party aims to change politics to the way it should be.