Canadian and American Elections

Note: This blog weas originally posted on my web site on January 25, 2009. Since it is a bit of old news, I’ve decided to disable comments.

[Yeesh! It’s been a while.]
So the Canadian federal elections and the US elections are finally gone – with the latter seeming to take forever. Quebec finished off its provincial elections with the then minority ruling Liberals up against 16 other parties – the majority separatist leaning.
This blog comment is actually about those not from a major party. As I mentioned above, there were 17 parties in the provincial elections (well as of November 1st). If you remove the standard parties that have a chance to win a seat, you are left with 14 parties who combined won’t make much of a dent (one fringe party did get a seat).
During this past Canadian federal election, once again you had a stack of parties who combined maybe picked up a couple percent of the vote. In the US elections, you had the Democrats and Republicans and then a few others including Ralph Nader (who’s tried and failed at running for President a few times already). Once again other than the big two, those others got probably under 1%.
My question is why bother trying to run when hell has a better chance in freezing over. Prestige? The fact that the guy [or gal] ran? Nothing else to do?
When Ross Perot tried and failed a few times for the Presidency, he at least was well known and had money. But he still lost badly. Nader isn’t that rich, probably isn’t that well known and falls just short of being butt ugly! [The latter not a requirement to be President but it helps.]
Every time after the federal or provincial election results come in, I search to see what poor guy [or gal] got the least amount of votes. I wonder if all of the candidate’s family voted for him [or her]!
But of course this is a democracy. They can run…. But can they win?


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