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The Greens--a candidate in every riding?
Date: Saturday, June 05 2004

The Greens have said over and over that they have a candidate in every riding.

But in my riding (Peace River) the Green Party candidate is a parachute--he lives outside the riding! As a result, so far all he has done to campaign is put up some signs.

First, how effective can a representative be if he or she doesn't even live and work in the riding?
And second, I'm interested to know if this is happening in any other ridings across Canada.

If this is happening in a lot of places that should be made known to the Canadian public, I would think. It makes the claim of having a candidate in every riding seem a little dishonest, and less valuable than candidates for other parties who actually live and work in the ridings where they are running.
[ADDITION (June 7): The NDP are now finally making the same claim of a candidate in every riding, and there is at least one NDP parachute I've heard of. So the party is fair game too ;) ]

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