Jamie Scott: Legislating honesty is only way to stop deception in Canadian politics
Our politicians should tell us the truth in all matters, at all times, with no exceptions. The consequences of knowingly lying to the public should be immediate resignation, and I am prepared to provide a pre-signed letter of resignation in the event that I have deceived the public in regards to my official capacity as an MP. This should be a minimum requirement of all members of government, at all levels. In addition, all elected officials should be required to submit to polygraph testing. This is no different that what is required of police officers, prison guards, and now even transit police.
Media blackout or not, there is a duty to investigate the platforms of those who are campaigning in your riding.
I am the only candidate, out of over a thousand registered nationwide, who has a platform to legislate honesty. It matters not what any of the candidates promise you if they are not required to follow through on these promises, or if there are no consequences for deception.
The issues in this election are not health care, education, fighter jets, or new prisons. The issue that matters in every election but is never addressed is deception. If you have no insurance against dishonesty, then the entire democratic process is really just for show. These men and women can promise whatever they want, and your only choice is to believe them and then vote for them, or to not believe them and stay home on election day.
Ultimately, there is only one best choice for the people of Surrey North and that is for us to stop the cycle of community division and come together behind an independent voice, because that is what the people require. Jasbir Sandhu (NDP) and Shinder Purewal (Liberal) should unite the community, and the left-leaning voters, and cease the vote-splitting and community splitting that elections provide. Same goes for Dona Cadman and her constituents, who are forced to support a candidate that they already know has no say in Ottawa, just because they fear letting the Liberals or the NDP in charge of a coalition government. We should return this riding to the independence it had under Chuck Cadman, and then all of these candidates could bring their bills forward as their community wants them written and give them to a member of the House who has already sworn an allegiance to the people and provided a letter of resignation in advance should I violate this oath.
A community can do no better than to give themselves a guarantee against deception, and an independent voice in Parliament once again.
I urge supporters of the NDP and Liberal candidates in Surrey North to unite and vote for a candidate who has spoken out publicly on issues that matter to the left. Conversely, I expect supporters of Dona Cadman to restore pride in their votes by giving them to the candidate who will represent them honestly and can never be compromised.
In fact, rather than merely abandoning key votes in the House, I sincerely urge Dona Cadman to resign her seat altogether, then endorse my campaign directly, and give her long-time followers an independent voice again on May 2.
Jamie Scott is an independent candidate in Surrey North.