Several new NDP candidates are causing concerns. Not because they are saying all the wrong things but because some people are upset that what realistically amounts to a paper candidate was actually elected (and more then just once).
What bothers me most about this is that everyone knows that there are paper candidates in every election. They serve many purposes including giving die hard voters a place to put their vote when there is not a legitimate candidate that is interested in running in that particular riding, and even when a party feels it has no chance in a particular riding and feels that there is better ways to spend it’s limited resources then to do an extensive candidate search for a riding where they are traditionally a distant third or fourth.
What is upsetting some people (assuming they likely voted for an opposing candidate) is that a paper candidate beat out a candidate that was sourced out to run for their party with party resources put into the win. Now while there is some question about the legitimacy of some signatures on the nomination forms the truth is that no party is going to involve themselves in that type of behaviour (generally because the repercussions would be to extreme)
But the truth of the matter is this. It was going to happen eventually that an unexpected candidate with little so called “qualifications” was going to win an election (it likely happened already in other elections but not this many at once) and in all actual fact this is probably a good thing, because now we have a good from the business leaders and lawyers class and instead we have added a strong contingent of young people and “average joe’s”. The type of people who will be able to actually speak to the real people on the street because that is exactly who they are.
For once the people will be represented by people very similar to themselves instead of a group of elitists who think they know best what the people want, when instead they are serving their own personal interests
I think perhaps we should back away from this case of sour grapes and let the people who were elected to govern actually do their job. And if you don’t like the job they do then the next opportunity you get vote them out.
Realistically the only complaint people have with this election is if there is actual wrong doing (campaigning outside of legal timeframes, illegal campaign funding or actual election fraud) otherwise if you don’t like the choice people made in your riding (like me) next time offer yourself up in an effort to beat them, or in some individuals cases actually make the effort to vote. But complaining because a paper candidate won over other parties is a waste because really what it means is that the other parties and their leaders did not actually resonate with voters and the party or leader in question actually did.