PRESS RELEASE: All-time low in Voter Turnout Should be a Wake-up Call
Fox Creek, AB - July 10th
The by-elections held last week have officially set a new low for voter turnout with less than 20% turnout in the two Alberta races. Part of the reason for this is believed to be the election date which was set to occur right before Canada Day. While by-election turnout is generally lower on average the government should try to avoid making the problem worse. The Pirate Party of Canada believes that it was irresponsible to pick such a date to hold any type of election and wants stricter laws regulating when by-elections can be scheduled for.
Currently, the Prime Minister can have a by-election set for any date provided it is not more than 180 days after the vacancy occurred. This allows the governing party to pick a time that is strictly to their advantage (as some have suggested occurred in this instance). While by-elections usually have a low turnout it is hard to deny that the timing of these by-election made it even worse.
“Canada should be committed to limiting the manipulation of the electorate through cheap tricks”, says James Wilson, Leader of the Pirate Party of Canada. “Can we not agree on something as simple as making elections as fair as possible?” If elected the Pirate Party would introduce legislation banning the holding of by-elections from five days before, and five days after, all national statutory holidays.
The Pirate Party of Canada is a federal political party focused on thoughtful information policy reform, genuine democracy, civil liberties, and the freedom of the Internet. You can find out more online at www.pirateparty.ca .