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Announcing an Independent Candidacy...

Well, its public and relatively official. I intend to run as an independent in the upcoming federal election:

Insufferable Idealist Announces Independent Candidacy in Upcoming Federal Election

A statement from Arjun Singh

I would like to announce my intention to run as an independent candidate in the Kamloops Thompson riding for the upcoming Federal election.

A little over 10 years ago, I was offered the incredible opportunity to participate as an Election Observer in the first democratic election in South Africa. It is truly difficult to express how amazing that was. So many people, struggling incredibly hard for so long for the right to vote, finally having that right.

Through this experience, I began to understand the importance of the right to vote. And I began to respect and greatly value my right to get involved in the political process (without a gun or a grenade).

Our Canadian democracy needs revitalization. Low voter turnouts deeply concern me. I am also quite worried about the ambivalence, or worse the antipathy, that many Canadians feel towards their political leaders.

I may be an insufferable idealist, but I believe that we can carry on respectful political debates without demonizing other candidates or simplifying complex issues to score political points.

I believe Canadians need to send a strong message to political candidates and organisers that we do care about our government. And we need to make a statement that the politics of negativity and divisiveness are no longer acceptable to us.

Major groundrules that I will follow in the election campaign:
o Never impugn another candidate integrity or intentions

o Only actively soliciting the votes of people who have not voted before or have become disillusioned with the political process.

o Making it a point to comment positively on the things in other candidates policies that I agree with.

o Work hard to achieve in our riding the highest average voting rate in the country.

For more information, please call Arjun Singh, 377 1797 or email


Vicki Smith (CalGal)

You've got my endorsement Arjun.

Arjun Singh

Vicki, I am so happy to have met you through the wonderful blog world. Thank you so much. Hope things are well in Red Deer. I left a comment on your blog as well.

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