Wednesday, July 8, 2015


  1. 1.
    an event in which people compete for supremacy in a sport, activity, or particular quality.
    "a gigantic air rifle shooting contest"
    "a boxing contest"
  1. 1.
    engage in competition to attain (a position of power).
    "she declared her intention to contest the presidency"
    synonyms:compete for, contend for, vie for, fight for, try to win, go for
    "he intended to contest the seat"
  2. 2.
    oppose (an action, decision, or theory) as mistaken or wrong.
    "the former chairman contests his dismissal"
    synonyms:oppose, object to, challenge, take a stand against, take issue with,question, call into question
    "we contested the decision"

Nominations for political parties are the bedrock of our democratic system. It is at this stage where we have the opportunity to determine the individual that will represent the various political parties in general elections.

There are some checks and balances - for instance some parties limit participation to members, institute cut-off dates to prevent stacking and the leader always reserves the right to accept or reject the local choice.

Like on election night we have to accept that the voters are always right. They have spoken and found candidates to be worthy or unworthy, of representing their chosen party. No matter what ones past political ideology, loyalty or service - a nomination win equates to having the solid endorsement of your chosen party.  

Nominations are fascinating. It is purely locally driven, the person who can convince the most supporters to participate in the process is going to come out on top. That is democracy. Manny are called, fewer are chosen.

The process is competitive, it can be manipulated externally and internally -  but in the end only one person can win. The Liberal Party's preferred ballot ensures that the local members speaks with one majority voice.

It is not a zero sum game, despite the fact than only one person emerges as the candidate. The defeated are vanquished, they join the campaign and become part of the provincial or federal campaign. The local battle is over. 

The choice becomes one of 40 people that represent the party's policies, ideas and leadership.

After the nomination the party is one.

It is a beautiful thing to behold and we should be so grateful for the freedom for the freedom to associate, campaign and participate in a great democracy.

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