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Annamie Paul Deserves to Win Toronto-Centre Byelection

Annamie Paul Deserves to Win Toronto-Centre Byelection

hdfcv

No one deserves to win a seat; the electorate decides who wins by the results obtained at the ballots. This kind of rhetoric suggested by the title of the opinion piece is fundamentally undemocratic, and should be a major red flag.


torontochester

It's written by partisans of the Liberals, NDP and PC.


phillipkdink

>To be clear, this is not about advocating for Green Party policies. JFC do these people believe in anything?


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Classic political commentariat


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Live in the riding. Will vote AP. But cmon, she came 4th last time, it’s hardly reasonable to expect all the other parties to just stand down. They have a right to contest a seat and let voters decide (spoiler: this is a safe liberal seat. If greasy, scandal-tainted Morneau ran again he’d still take it).


DeHeiligeTomaat

Completely disagree. As much as I would love to see the first federal Green seat in Ontario, this id not how democracy works. Regardless of the claim from the article that opposition parties would step aside, that would be an affront to our basic value as a democracy. It would rob voters of their choices to express their voice in Parliament. As for every other MP, she should prove herself to the voters of Toronto Centre and earn her seat or become a parachute candidate somewhere if she thinks she can't win.


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Jagmeet parachuted to get his seat. Annamie should consider this too, likely Elizabeth’s seat since EM is retiring.


hdfcv

She'd do poorly in Saanich Gulf Islands based on the demographic layout, and historical tendencies of the riding.


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She could consider Guelph, since they elected Ontario’s first Green MPP, maybe they’d be open to this federally. But it will absolutely be an uphill battle wherever she runs. I do wish her the best, but she hasn’t got a prayer in TO.


Hyacin75

Just a reminder folks - the OP doesn't deserve down votes because you're angry at the title - they copied the title from the article. I know it's a little conflicted and backwards, but you have to *upvote* the stuff you disagree with so other people can see it too and then we can all be mad at the author of the *article* together - *not* the person who took the time to bring it to our attention.


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neoliberalismkills69

How dare you say something like that! Posts on this subreddit are for criticizing and belittling the GPC only! OP should know better, Downvote! /s


sadmadstudent

Why? Because of her deep, lifelong devotion to Toronto Centre? /s


GetsGold

She was the candidate last election. Lifelong dedication to a riding isn't exactly a requirement.


jiimb

When Greens cast a vote to select a leader, they might want to take into consideration the person's chances of winning a seat. Seriously.


tom_yum_soup

I'm pretty sure a lot of people voted for Paul *because* they thought she was the "electable" candidate.


jiimb

Because she finished fourth in a riding known to be a Liberal stronghold? Meanwhile Murray had won numerous times (Manitoba and Ontario); Merner came second behind the NDP candidate on Vancouver Island and numerous people mumbled that he would have won if May had run a good national campaign. These two were never really in the race from the first ballot onwards, and they ended up fourth and fifth.


tom_yum_soup

I'm not one of those people. But they exist. And, to be fair, Murray won as a Liberal, which is kind of an important distinction.


UncleIrohsPimpHand

What a headline.


TribuneofthePlebs94

What a crock of shit... This is not how politics work. The author should be embarassed about writting such drivel...


torontochester

\*Authors. NDP, Liberal, and PC reps.


Mrlegitimate

We all understand she’s not gonna win this seat, right? Like even if the NDP don’t run AND the 12,142 votes they got in 2019 transfer over to the Greens in this election she’d still lose by over 15,000 votes.


T-DogSwizle

I wish her the best in the by-election, but the voters of Toronto Centre will decide their fate


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idspispopd

>To be clear, this is not about advocating for Green Party policies. Pretty sure this is a negative.


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>Her stunning campaign won the support of her party Big doubt