Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ontario Libertarian candidate campaigns on Tinder

Trinity-Spadina Ontario Libertarian candidate woos voters on Tinder | Toronto Star - Graham Slaughter:

June 10, 2014 - "Much like love, wooing voters sometimes requires dabbling in the art of seduction.

"That’s how MPP hopeful Andrew Echevarria sees it. The Ontario Libertarian Party candidate for Trinity-Spadina is using Tinder to connect with young people in the downtown riding, hoping to score votes the same way others score dates.

"'I catch their eye,' said Echevarria, who joined the online dating app recently. 'Tinder is a great moment to catch someone when they’re just hanging out.' Toronto Tinder users may recognize the dark-haired, well-suited Echevarria... He set his search limit to the scope of the riding and has already been inundated with love connections....

"'Tired of dating the same old politicians who lie just to get your ballot? Hook up with Liberty!' he teases, listing his age as 24....

"While it might sound like a gimmick, the neuroscience grad from the University of Toronto said he genuinely believes Tinder is an effective way of enticing students and young professionals who are unfamiliar with libertarian politics, which he says are defined by 'the protection of individual rights and freedoms.'

"'The smallest minority in the world is the individual,' said Echevarria, quoting novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. He said he supports small businesses, advocates for market competition and says affordable post-secondary education is a top priority.

Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2014/06/10/trinityspadina_ontario_libertarian_candidate_woos_voters_on_tinder.html
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