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Have a detailed, verifiable plan

I will support a candidate who has a clear laid out plan with foresight and verifiable facts to validate the actions they propose to take. I will support the candidate who clearly outlines these plans as best as possible before the election. I will not support the candidate who talks about the things that need to be done without discussing the paths necessary to go where we are aiming. This is important because a solid plan of action implies that a candidates goals match the platform they run on. It worries me to see bare-bones plans or speculation without solid supporting material. In an age where we can have a party that runs on a specific promise as an election platform - then reverse course with half-cocked reasoning - we need to ensure our candidates are accountable for the promises they make and the actions they take to implement them.

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I will be supporting a candidate who proposes basic minimum income.

Basic minimum income is a tenet of a true Socialist party. It is an equalizer of wealth which takes money from those who earn more than they deserve and passes it on to those who are in desperate need. Basic income immediately lifts every Canadian out of poverty, giving hard-working people the just boost they need to train for a better job, go to school, start a family, or finally be able to save for a home or contribute to an RRSP. It is simple and effective. I am a real New Democrat, and I support real Socialist principles.

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GMO's

It may now be possible to genetically modify bryophytes and lichens to enhance pedogenesis. Relates to the work that members of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) do. The point is - is this a safe and desirable thing to do?

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Postal Bank

We need an alternative to the big banks who are sucking us dry. It will also make a profit (a very modest one I suggest) and save us money. It will also help the postal service.

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Every single issue here depends on how our governments are elected, and we need reform

We won't be able to accomplish any of our goals - on the environment, on income inequality, on hunger and poverty - until we fix our electoral system, so that Canadians can finally vote for what we stand for instead of simply against what they fear. If we don't fix this, Canada will continue to drift towards a two-party system, like what we see in the United States.

Every time we are told at the door "I'd love to vote NDP, but I have to vote Liberal to stop the Conservatives" it's not because we're not sufficiently progressive, or are short on inspiring ideas. It's because our electoral system is fundamentally broken. Canadians are manipulated into "strategic voting", instead of holding the Liberals and Conservatives accountable. Without reform, what hope do we have of convincing Canadians to believe a social democratic future for Canada is possible. That's not what a democratic country looks like!

Until we accomplish reform, we can't say the outcome of elections are a true reflection of what Canadians believe, as much a reflection of which corporate-backed party was able to manipulate their fears. This isn't just a special interest issue, or an issue just for political junkies. We're talking about the fate of our democracy! We're talking about whether or not Canadians should be able to elect their governments based on their hopes and dreams for the future. That's more important than just one more campaign plank. It's too important to be relegated to the back pages of our platform. This has to be the top priority for an NDP government, and it must be an issue we refuse to let go by the wayside in the next election!

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