Vote for the None Of The Above Party.
In 2018, I decided to run in the Ontario provincial election as the candidate for Ottawa Centre, under the banner of The None Of The Above Party.
Hi, my name is Marc with the None Of The Above Party, and I do realize I have little to no chance of winning.
I'm not rich. Nor do I have any rich friends or corporate sponsors funding my campaign. And my party, despite being the most democratic party out there (NOTA party website), sounds like a joke. But let me assure you, this is no joke.
I have decided to run now for two reasons:
1 - I have always felt that there should be a 'None Of The Above' option on the ballot. (Mission accomplished)
2 - I like the idea of solving problems democratically - without the interference of party politics or corporate influence.
Here are some of the cross-jurisdiction challenges I'd like to try and fix.
(In no particular order)
- Real electoral reform. (Proportional representation)
- End daylight savings time, even if it's just for Ottawa Centre.
- Eliminate hospital parking fees for patients and their drivers.
- Churches will finally start paying taxes like everyone else.. because it's 2018.
- Make a monument to the real Jack Purcell. (Read more about this Ottawa Centre tragedy here)
- $7/day childcare. (*just like Quebec)
- Allow beer in grocery and corner stores. (*just like Quebec)
- Allow open alcohol containers and cannabis smoking in parks, and along the rivers and canals. (End the nanny state)
- Tax credits to any businesses that want to build a rooftop patio.
- More direct democracy, more referendums, and more of your input on what happens.. because it's 2018.
- Introduce an anonymous 'Government Stupid Spending' tip-line to report wasteful spending.
- Ban wasteful single use plastics. (straws, stir sticks, plastic bags, packaging, utensils, tiny cups)
- Cut hydro bills 40% by bringing Hydro One back in public hands, and working with solar energy companies.
- Limit all government contracts to 5 years with options to renew (to avoid 20 year green bin contract with Orgaworld).
- Change insolvency and bankruptcy laws, so that companies like Nortel and Sears can no longer cut and run on their Canadian employees.
- Teach kids about taxes, money management, alternative political systems, and fundamental problems with Capitalism, materialism, consumerism, and why prioritizing profit over people's health, privacy, and well-being, is bad for society.
- Introduce more clean energy initiatives and incentives and aggressively fight climate change.
- Create a 'Charter of Online Rights and Freedoms', the right to online privacy, and an end to metadata surveillance.
But that's not all!
- I will put a cap on property tax increases, gas spikes, Payday Loans shops, and banking / ATM fees.
- Cap Crown corporation CEO and executive salaries, performance pay, and bonuses.
- Provide pharmacare, dental care and vision care for everyone for all Ontarians.
- Offer a tax rebate to those who vote.
- Lower the voting age to 16.
- Put this solid Sparks Street 'RED LIGHT District' revitalization plan to a referendum. (click here to learn more about this)
- Prioritize the Prince of Wales Bridge for provincial infrastructure funding, remove the fence, and hang a sign that says 'Use at your own risk'.
- Remove the Preston Street Bambini Spoonhead Sculptures at Gladstone (because they're terrible).
- Increase funding to the arts, art festivals, outdoor murals, and hand out way more busking permits.
- Work with the community to create an indoor BMX bike and skateboarding facility.
- More bike lanes.
- Pop up pubs along the canal.
- Public BBQs and pizza ovens in most major parks.
- Make statues of Remi Royale and China Doll.
- Make the 401 more like Germany's autobahn.
- Bring the worlds largest internet cat video festival to Ottawa. (more about it here)
If you're tired of the same old partisan politics and refuse to support the status quo, consider voting None Of The Above, and together we can start building a healthier democracy that helps everyone - not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Do you have good ideas for Ottawa Centre? I'm listening!