Monday, October 29, 2007

Candidate Lost

The SaskParty has lost their candidate in the constituency of Regina Walsh Acres. This is one seat the SaskParty won't win as it is too late under the provinces election laws for the SaskParty to replace their candidate in Regina Walsh Acres. The details surrounding this matter are vague, but at a minimum it would seem the SaskParty is facing a certain amount of embarrassment, which will will have little effect, if any, on the final outcome of this provincial election.

What is clear is that there needs to be some form of electoral reform to be assure the voters that the candidates seeking election at their doors have perfectly clean closets. All political parties should be addressing this issue as it is they whom are most affected during an election campaign. It may be necessary to remove the screening process for election candidates from the political parties completely and place it with an independent professional body. This election has proven that the political parties have failed to adequately screen the candidates they nominated to run for their party.

Finally, I don't believe it is unreasonable for candidates to be required to submit a police check on their background and a complete financial disclosure of their assets and investments. As voters, we need to know that the candidates are at least honest people of integrity before they get elected. As we know, that may often change after candidates get elected.