It looks like we’re about to enter official election season in Canada, which raises a very important question.
What is John Turmel doing?
He’s running, of course. This will be attempt number 99. It, as with most of his campaigns the last few years, will be for a seat in Brantford.
If you’d like to get to know your next Prime Minister a little bit better, the CBC has posted a pretty good story on him, his background and his mindset. The biggest loser: John Turmel is making his 99th try for office this fall
‘Quitters never win. Winners never quit.’
Running for office isn’t as difficult as people think, said Turmel.
Elections Canada no longer requires the $1,000 deposit. He travels to his chosen riding once to collect the mandated 100 signatures. If there’s a debate to participate in (or crash), he goes back again.
It requires only a little of his time and none of his money.
“I run a $0 campaign,” said Turmel. “I go to the meetings and I answer calls and I answer the questionnaires. But I don’t spend money on a long shot. The payoff isn’t good enough.”
He said he doesn’t even watch the results on election night.
“I usually wait until the next day to find out what happened. It really doesn’t matter which of the lesser politicians wins,” he said. “These are pretty mediocre people that you find running in elections. ‘Slows’. You almost never run into a ‘quick.'”
Turmel said he is hoping to build a coalition of small parties who will support his vow to abolish interest fees.
But his belief in his own intellectual superiority (his website URL is smartestman.ca) and his status as a climate change denier, anti-vaxxer, 9/11 conspiracy theorist and true-believer in the virtues of drinking urine probably preclude a wider political movement.