PRESS RELEASE: Pirate Party Celebrates Underdog NDP Victory in Alberta

Vancouver - The Pirate Party of Canada is pleased to see the sudden change of leadership in Alberta. Rachel Notley’s NDP has displaced the ruling Progressive Conservative party as the majority government of the province after a seemingly permanent 44 years in power. This is a dramatic step to the left in a province that is traditionally identified as a hotbed of conservatism.

“The NDP have won an encouraging victory tonight,” said Pirate Party Secretary Nate Owen. “But PC Alberta should be congratulated, too, on their hard won 11 seats with 27% of votes. Perhaps the call for proportional representation will get a little more attention - from a variety of parties.”

The Progressive Conservatives would have received more than double their current seats (24) in a proportional representation system.

“The NDP was by the Pirate Party’s closest cousin in this race.” said Pirate Party Candidate Bob Trower, “We’re particularly pleased to see Rachel Notley as incumbent Premier. We need to push harder to get women into leadership positions until there is a reasonable balance.”

Both the federal Pirate Party and the federal NDP have been ardent opposers of the spying Bill C-51.

“This is the power of young, new, and tech-enabled voters coming out to change the face of Canada. The public has never been more informed. ” said Deputy Leader Shawn Vulliez today. “The winds of change have come thanks to the free transfer of information on the internet. Get used to that happening.”

The Pirate Party of Canada is a federal political party dedicated to information policy, the decriminalization of filesharing, and the establishment of a Guaranteed Annual Income for all.


Media Contacts: Shawn Vulliez [email protected]


2 comments for PRESS RELEASE: Pirate Party Celebrates Underdog NDP Victory in Alberta

  1. James commented at

    If we are truly for equality, we shouldn’t be pushing for 50% of the premiers to be female; we should be pushing for it not to matter whether a given candidate is male or female. Demanding equal representation is a mistake, since it may very well be that more men, on average, are drawn to politics. This, then, actually becomes sexual discrimination.

    • Ric Lim commented at

      I think the question is what is turning women and youth away from politics? Is it the dirty politics and bullying that have become a common occurrence? Or is it something else or something more? How can we fix that?

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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.