Inside Politics

Pirate Party poised to hit the by-election hustings in TO Centre

Ahoy and avast, Toronto Centre-based mateys: when it comes time to mark an X on your by-election ballot, you'll now have the option to vote for for "21st century politics" by casting your lot in with Pirate Party leader Travis McCrea, who announced his intention of running for the Bob Rae-vacated seat via Facebook earlier this week:


This isn't McCrea's first foray into federal electoral politics: in 2011, he carried the Pirate Party banner in Vancouver Centre, but came in seventh, garnering just 192 votes. This time around, however, he's running as party leader -- and, perhaps more crucially, he'll be doing so outside of the 308-ring circus that is a general election, which could give his candidacy more attention -- both from the media and the electorate -- than might otherwise be the case.

In any case, he can, at least, claim to be the first Toronto Centre hopeful  to post a full platform, albeit one that doesn't seem to be specifically tailored to the riding he hopes to represent.

Then again, who's to say some Toronto Centre electors wouldn't be on side with policies like creating a "citizens income" ("mincome"), removing the GST from books, balancing the budget, abolishing drug patents, reforming both the Senate and the tax system, dropping the voting age to 16 and "re-appropriating military resources for furthering the pursuit of knowledge" by adding data collection to the list of duties carried out by Canadian submarines -- not to mention loosening up those anachronistic rules that prohibit political satirists from using House of Commons footage to "bring politics and social issues to a wider audience," a la Jon Stewart?

At the very least, McCrea's presence may make for more lively all-candidates debates, presuming he (and any other non-mainstream contenders) are invited to take part.

Stay tuned! 

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