We all know that politics is an exhausting and emotionally draining activity, and the four terms most people think of when they think of politics are “campaign”, “debate”, “vote” and “election”.
And that’s just in terms of the major parties.
In terms of their respective candidates, they’re also known as “candidates”, “proposers” or “campaigners”.
The other major political parties don’t have a single word for their own candidates, but there are four different categories that they all fall under: “candidate”, “electoral process”, “campaign” and/or “election process”.
Here’s how the terms are defined in the official dictionary: “Candidate” “The term ‘candidate’ is defined as: a person who is elected to office by a popular vote.”
“Electoral process” The term “electorial process” is defined by the United States Constitution as: the legislative and executive branch of the federal government, which comprises both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“Campaign” The terms “campaign and” “campaign process” are used to describe the two major political campaigns.
“Vote” “The word ‘vote’ is used to mean: to make or to give a judgment in favour of or against an issue or proposal; to elect a candidate for an office; to take an oath, or make an affirmation, or to make a pledge.”
The word “vote”, however, also refers to a form of voting, where citizens who don’t support the winning candidate in a particular election, but do support the opposing candidate in another, are counted as “voting” for that candidate.
And if you want to see why this is important, look no further than the US Presidential election in 2012.
According to the official election tally, Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s candidate, won a stunning victory over President Barack Obama.
However, Obama ended up winning the election by a slim margin of 3.3 million votes, and as a result the United Kingdom and the United Nations adopted resolutions calling on their leaders to vote for Obama in a general election in the UK and the US in 2021.
In contrast, in Canada, the Liberals won the general election by just over 100,000 votes, giving them a margin of less than 2,000 seats.
This was a close race, but the Liberals lost the election to the Conservatives, who had a more narrow margin of victory, but a mandate to govern, with their voters choosing them to lead the country out of recession.
A quick glance at these terms suggests that while it may seem that there is no such thing as a “right” or a “wrong” way to vote, they are in fact very similar to one another.
For example, in the United Arab Emirates, you can vote for either “electorally” or not, but you can’t vote for a “party” or vote for an “opposition” because the government has to sign off on it.
What does this mean for you?
Well, as it turns out, the four main parties are all fairly similar in terms, with a few differences.
The Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and Green Party are all very similar in their political philosophy, which includes some pretty radical ideas about how politics should be run.
Both the NDP and Liberals believe that “democracy” is a sham, a corrupt and unrepresentative system that should be replaced with a new and improved system based on free markets and open competition.
So how do they stack up against each other?
Both parties have strong policies to fight climate change, support a strong border policy, and are on the side of universal healthcare.
On the other hand, the Conservatives are the only major party in Canada to promise to keep the carbon tax at a rate of 25 per cent.
Similarly, the Greens are on record opposing the TPP, while the NDP has pledged to end Canada’s role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Also, the two parties share a lot of similar views on taxation.
There’s also a common theme in the parties that we have a political system that needs to change, and we can’t continue to play by the same old rules.
When we look at the major political party candidates in Canada today, they all seem to be pushing for the same ideas about democracy and how government should operate.
Of course, there are some differences between the major candidates, such as the fact that there are no “candidacies” in Canada (though the Conservative Party does have one in Canada), and candidates must be registered in the respective parties’ riding associations.
But that’s not to say that all of the candidates are “right”, “left”, “centre” or even “centrist”.
There are some very good candidates out there, and there are many of them