Thursday, September 21, 2006

Alberta Democracy Tory Style

There are no rules for the upcoming PC leadership race. There are as many candidates as there are in the federal Liberal Leadership Race. But unlike that race there are no limits on campaign contributions, who can contribute, memberships in the PC Alberta party can be sold right up to the end of the balloting. As happened last time, and thats what got Ralph in. Money can be raised outside the province, there are no spending limits. The vote in not just for the next Leader of the Party but for the Premier of Alberta. If this happened in Ottawa the media and politicians including the Harpocrites would howl. Here they just whimper. Ah the joys of living in a One Party State.

Here are the rules:

Ralph Klein officially resigns

The voting will be open to any Canadian citizen over 16 who lives in Alberta and buys a $5 Tory membership card.

To win, a candidate must receive 50 per cent of the votes plus one on the first ballot.

If no one does, the top three candidates will be ranked by voters in a preferential ballot a week later to determine the winner.

Each candidate must put up a $15,000 non-refundable deposit and have a petition with 500 names of supporters. There are no limits on campaign expenses.

Also See:


One Party State


Democratic Deficit

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