Elections Canada says None of the Above Direct Democracy Party not eligible for registration, application not complete by July 13, 2020, at least 60 days before the byelections were called on September 11, 2020.
NOTA Party leader Greg Vezina confirmed they had submitted the necessary forms with 125 or half of the 250 necessary member/supporter forms, but he noted that due to COVID-19 it was difficult to gather the other half of them. He said they had pretty much reached the necessary level when they were combined with the 100+ signatures their candidate Above Znoneofthe submitted to be officially nominated yesterday, according to Elections Canada.
The previous Ottawa-Vanier 2016 provincial by-election candidate, Above Znoneofthe, formerly Sheldon Bergson, has been officially nominated to run again, and the previous 2018 Ontario General Election candidate Keegan Bennett will run in the adjacent Ottawa neighborhood Orleans riding.
The ruling Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:10 in the evening came four hours after the hearing for a two-part injunction application brought by self-represented Mississauga Centre riding Independent candidate Greg Vezina against the City of Mississauga regarding candidate debates and the removal of his campaign signs.
To be sure, if the City were to organize candidates’ debates… and decide to invite certain candidates to participate, while excluding others… I would not hesitate in granting… injunctive relief.”
— Ontario Superior Court Justice James Stribopoul
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MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 6, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The None of the Above Direct Democracy Party leader Greg Vezina sent a letter today to the Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner of Canada Elections asking them to ensure that the Federal Debate Commission facilitate fund a debate for party leaders not allowed in main leaders debates October 7 and 10, 2019.
The NOTA Party leader requested that the Debate Commission obey the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Charter of Rights S. 2 and S. 3 rights of all accredited party leaders and candidates to the use of public property for partisan purposes, and that the rights of voters to cast an informed vote also be protected.
“Democracy Eh? In Canada new and smaller party leaders are kept out of debates and local candidates are threatened with arrest for daring to ask to be heard at public candidate debates.”
— Greg Vezina, leader, None of the Above Direct Democracy Party
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The None of the Above Direct Democracy Party is registering with Elections Canada this week and it has already nominated 36 candidates in over 10% of the 338 ridings almost a month before the September 30, 2019 deadline.
The party campaigns on the 3Rs of Direct Democracy:
- Recall, and
- Real Reform, both electoral and legislative that give voters control of politicians and parties.
Their candidates are accountable to their constituents and elected MPs have no central party policies or controls beyond the binding Direct Democracy principles.