Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ontario Fringe Parties

I always look at the fringe, I am quirky that way.   I noticed that in the Ontario election two minor liberatarian parties are fielding a lot more candidates than in the past.

The Freedom Party of Ontario is running 56 candidates, this is a dramatic increase for the party which has run candidates in every election since 1985 but never more than 24 and that was in 2003.

The Libertarian Party of Ontario is running 51 candidates.  Their previous highest number of candidates was 45 more than 20 years ago, and that was 45 in 130 ridings, so only 1/3 of the seats.   This time around they are running candidates in just short of half the seats.  

If the Freedom Party and the Libertarians were one party, or even agree to cooperate, they would have a full slate.

Even the Reform Party of Ontario is running more candidates, but still only 9, which is the same number as the Communists.  Reform ran two candidates in 2007.

Though that said, the Family Coalition Party is running fewer candidates than in 2007, only 29 this time instead of 83 last time.  In fact this is their smallest number of candidates in any election since they started in 1987.

I doubt this means anything at all, I just thought it was a small interesting thing to note about the Ontario election.

One final odd thing about the election, the new Northern Ontario Heritage Party - which is a party looking for more recognition for Northern Ontario, has one of their three candidates running in St Pauls, which is a riding in downtown Toronto.  There are 11 northern ridings and they only are running in two of them.
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