Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Libertarian vote per candidate doubled in Canada

Fringe parties see spike in candidates, votes | Canada Politics - Yahoo News Canada - Elianna Lev:

October 20, 2015 - "Now that the concession speeches are over and lawn signs are coming down, leaders of Canada’s lesser-known political parties are assessing how they did in Monday’s election.

"Of the 18 registered fringe parties including the pirates, the potheads and the pro-lifers, the top five performing ones were the Libertarian Party of Canada, the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, the Rhinoceros Party and the Progressive Canadian Party.

"Several that spoke to Yahoo Canada News acknowledged growing in both candidates and votes, despite still barely making a blip on the political radar.

"David Clement, a spokesperson with the Libertarian Party of Canada, says there were 72 candidates in this year’s election, a significant jump from the 2011 campaign. The party’s mission is 'to reduce the responsibilities and expense of government' and has been active since the 1970s, though it has gone through several incarnations.

"In total, the party won 37,407 votes [519 votes per candidate - ed.], a significant jump from the 2011 count, which then garnered 6,017 votes and only 23 candidates [265 votes per candidate - ed.].

"'It really cements us on the way to fielding a whole slate of candidates and building that momentum of progression moving forward,' he says.

"While none of the party’s candidates won in their respective riding, a few placed better than more established parties like the Greens, something Clement calls 'a good first step'."

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