Why I couldn’t vote for the NDP candidate with my “At least they’re not a Harperoid” vote today; the NDP would appear to not support openness, the ability to read, or the ability to think for one’s self. Yes, over 200 of them did submit their answers to the I Believe in Open call. A smaller number of Green and Liberal candidates answered, and NO Conservatives did.
The problem I have is in the deja vu I felt in reading the candidates’ responses to the third item:
[The candidate will] Publish the content of his or her daily schedule, including meetings with lobbyists and special interest groups.
In honoring this pledge, the Candidate will publish his or her daily official work schedule on the Internet, within 24 hours of the end of every work day. The schedule must include all matters relating to his or her role as a Member of Parliament, including all meetings with constituents, other Members, and lobbyists, listed by name. (In rare cases withholding the names of constituents whose privacy must be protected.) The schedule will also include all fundraising events. Events will be listed whether Parliament is in session or not, and whether the the Candidate is in Ottawa, traveling, or his or her district.
Notice that that’s the official work schedule; this doesn’t include where you’re going for dinner with your spouse, or what movie you might rent or what porn shop you might choose to visit. This is your meeting book from work; consider it filling out your timesheet for your boss. It’s a pain in the ass, perhaps, but I want to know if you’re meeting with someone I don’t support. I, as a voter, am your boss, and politicians don’t have what I’d call a great history with being responsible or representative.
Notice anything unusual with the following NDP responses to this item? Not only do they answer no, but they all seem to have read the question wrong. It’s not just a simple copy and paste, it would seem, either, as punctuation and grammar change ever so slightly.
No we believe MPs deserve time off with family and friends without the obligation to report to the world what they have done. — Kerry McManus (NDP) No
No, we believe Members of Parliament deserve time off with family and friends without the obligation to report to the world what they have done. — Megan Leslie (NDP) No
NO, we believe Members of Parliament deserve time off with family and friends without the obligation to report to the world what they have done. — Matt Schaubroeck (NDP) No
NO we believe Members of Parliament deserve time off with family and friends without the obligation to report to the world what they have done. — Paul Dewar (NDP) No
Megan Leslie could have had my vote, as I’m in her riding and the NDP platform is similar to the Liberal one on Education. I went with Catherine Meade from the Liberals, as she has a wide array of experience, has traveled outside of Nova Scotia, and she came to my door in downtown Halifax and answered some questions I couldn’t get email answers from her office. To be fair, I got exactly zero answers to my emails to any of the candidates.