If you voted in the ridings of Scarborough North or Scarborough Southwest during the recent Ontario Provincial Election, you probably noticed the option to vote for a candidate representing the “None of The Above Party.”
Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be alone if you wondered, ‘Who are they?’
The Citizen invited local candidates in the June 2 election to tell voters what they hope to do for the riding if elected. Today: Chris Beauchamp of the None of the Above party, who is running in Carleton riding.
WILDCARD: Interview with Greg Vezina, Leader and President of the None of the Above Direct Democracy Party
Ontario’s None of the Above Direct Democracy Party (NOTA Party) announced long time Mississauga resident Brian Crombie has been acclaimed as the candidate in Mississauga-South riding in the June 2, 2022 Ontario General Election.
Brian Crombie has 30 years of corporate experience, a depth of knowledge in all facets of finance, strategic planning and corporate / business development for a wide breadth of companies in several industries. Brian has deep political, community and charitable involvement as well.
Organizers of electoral debates should accommodate candidates from smaller political parties, according to the legal remedy.
A small political party challenges in court an Elections Ontario directive on the participation of fringe parties in non-televised debates.
The None of the Above party is protesting Elections Ontario’s order of May 9, 2018, in which the agency explains that it has no authority over the organization of electoral debates in the province and that it has no control over the selection criteria of the organizers as to the candidates invited to these debates.
The political party, which says it defends direct democracy, had sent a letter to Elections Ontario asking it to better explain to the organizers of debates their obligation to accommodate marginal parties before the general election of June 2018.
The complainant, Greg Vezina, argues that Elections Ontario has a duty to remind debate organizers to invite candidates from smaller parties like his.