We would like to invite you to the 2012 Pirate Parties International conference which will be held on April 14th and 15th in Prague, Czech Republic.
During this conference, the General Assembly - the highest body of the PPI - will decide upon the admittance of new members to the PPI, elect a new board and discuss and vote on amendments to the PPI statutes. In addition there will be an open space and a parallel session for Pirate Party Europe/EU discussions.
Speeches will be given by Amelia Andersdotter, Swedish Pirate Party's Member of the European Parliament, and Laurence Vandewalle, Policy advisor on telecommunications and free culture from Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. Saturday's program will be closed with a keynote address by Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist and well known anti-copying-monopoly fighter.
The Pirate Party of Canada condemns attempts to mislead voters, whatever the source, and the adoption of automated calling systems to undermine of democracy in our nation.
Initial reports suggested 15 ridings were involved, but as time has passed, the number has ballooned to as many as 58 ridings reporting complaints about similar calls. We may never know who is responsible for these calls, but we can learn from this mistake and fix the problem for the future.
“This scandal has only highlighted how backwards the Canadian election system is compared to the rest of the developed world,” states Deputy Leader Travis McCrea. “We need a system where blatant abuse can only have minimal impact in the shape of parliament and one where our votes count, regardless of who those votes are cast for.”
The fact that the previous general election was decided very narrowly in possibly fraudulent circumstances highlights the need for elections reform. Canadians have seen the influence of corruption on our election system, and the only way to restore faith is to provide a comprehensive re-imagining, evaluating both the electoral system and the campaigning rules. Now is the time to begin a discussion on how we want the future of democracy in Canada to look. There are a number of ways that the system could be fundamentally changed, such as an alternative voting system based on proportional representation or otherwise, or allowing for recall of elected MPs. The Party supports measures such as Pat Martin’s Bill C-267 in the previous Parliament, which would have required that a committee of MPs investigate the possibility of proportional representation.
We challenge other parties to start adopting an election reform plan, and to provide a statement of support for fair elections and for the right of voters to choose their representatives without interference. We look forward to the results of the investigations of these calls, and we hope that the courts will fairly decide upon any applications to annul elections due to fraud.