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My membership card arrived today!  I am now a "card-carrying Liberal".  And I still have my membership card for the Free Software Foundation, so I remain a "card-carrying Communist".

At this month's meeting of the riding association, they voted me onto the board of directors!  Since we're now in the off-season for Canadian elections, becoming a director is simply a matter of showing up repeatedly for meetings.  Problem: now I'm supposed to help them raise money for the 2019 election!  I have no experience whatsoever in fund-raising, but I guess I have to do it to get some cred with this Old-Boy Network that I'm still hoping will someday get me a cushy job as a part-time software engineer, hopefully before all my remaining cash runs out.

Next problem: modern fund-raising requires a smartphone, which I don't have (and don't particularly want to get because the fonts are so damn small).  Everyone is supposed to be running an app called MiniVAN to record the results of the voter-contacts.  Maybe I can borrow Wifey's tablet and run it on that?  Or maybe use WebVAN on my laptop?  I'll find out at the upcoming fund-raising training workshop at the riding-president's house.

Another problem: who am I raising this money for?  Some of it is for the national party, which needs it to support the riding associations, buy TV ads, and fly the Prime Minister around on a private jet.  But much of it is supposed to go to the 2019 election fund.  Who will the candidate be?  If nothing changes between now and then, the riding association intends to nominate the same guy as last time (who didn't win).  He seems like a nice and hard-working fellow.

But something is *supposed* to change.  Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last time that Canada used a first-past-the-post winner-take-all election like the Americans.  Switching over to a proportional-representation system will require either making Parliament 30% bigger or making the electoral districts 30% bigger, which seems to be the preferred option.  Suppose the new district boundaries are drawn so that our candidate is in one riding and the money we raised for him is in a different one.  What happens then?  My guess is that no one really knows yet.

Date: 2016-06-11 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Yay for political groundwork! ^_^ Not that I'm currently particularly active - not much energy spare at present, but I'm proud to be a paid member of the Greens, especially after Labour's abhorrent caving on the Snooper's Charter.

and don't particularly want to get because the fonts are so damn small

As far as iOS goes, bear in mind the font sizes are adjustable from tiny to medium, with larger sizes available within the Accessibility prefs. That doesn't affect whether you'd like having an iPhone, of course. Whilst I have one (a 5s, which I'm content with, though I do still miss the smaller 3.5" display of the original models), it's the iPad which sees all the use out and about.

Ah, FPTP is still used to some extent in Canada? Still in the UK, of course, and the Conservatives and Labour are perfectly happy with it that way, as it favors geographical concentrations of voters - anything more distributed and proportionally allocated, or even with some kind of "alternative vote" mechanism, would obviously be a huge benefit to the other parties, currently kept on the sidelines, despite gaining a good slice of the votes nationally.


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