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Old 04-02-2011, 06:08 PM   #33 (permalink)

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Imagine a more civil style of election campaign - one that focused on issues rather than insults and vision rather than vitriol.

A group of Canadians, which calls itself Civil Elections, wants candidates for federal office to commit to making themselves available for all public debates, to refusing to make personal attacks on their opponents, and to advocating for a respectful and substantive exchange of ideas.

They are lofty goals, and perhaps unrealistic given that by mid-afternoon Saturday just one candidate had signed a commitment. Liberal Gerrard Kennedy the incumbent in High Parkdale-High Park in Toronto, was the lone signator.
“I am sincerely most interested in creating a climate of greater civility in our politics,” said Mr. Holcroft. “The challenges our country and our world face are too important to not be having serious, respectful discussions (and) that includes as many Canadians and viewpoints as possible”

The movement was inspired, said Mr. Holcroft, by the general malaise of our politics.

“With more and more Canadians tuning out, serious policy discussions are being left to hyper partisans and the debate is angrier and less substantive,” he said. “We can do better.”
Group asks election candidates to sign 'civility' pledge - The Globe and Mail
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