Federal Election 2011

Help Contact Hamilton-Area Candidates

By Ryan McGreal
Published April 15, 2011

We are still missing email addresses for two registered candidates:

At the same time, the email addresses we have for the following candidates are bouncing:

If you have email contact information for any of these candidates, please post them in a comment or send them to me. We want every candidate to have an opportunity to be understood better by voters.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By BobInnes (registered) - website | Posted April 18, 2011 at 17:11:22

Elections Canada asks all candidates for their email and website addresses. I wonder why this info is never included in their public listings. Happened last fall too in the municipal elections.

Could it be that incumbents like to make it as difficult as possible for citizens to research their choices, knowing the incumbent has more budget than most others? Horrors, politicians wouldn't do that now would they? .... Would they?

Nah, must be a conspiracy theory!! Them durn conspiracy nuts, always misleading the public.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 18, 2011 at 17:22:18 in reply to Comment 62420

I wonder why this info is never included in their public listings.

I'm willing to give Hanlon's Razor the nod in the case of Elections Canada. The website design is terrible - links aren't links but javascript onclick events that you can't copy (or open in a new tab), everything you want is buried two or three clicks down, the detail pages for a given riding don't even include the riding name so you have to just remember it, and so on.

I'm guessing this is the work of some antediluvian, enterprisey consulting company given poorly-defined requirements and way too much money. (Note 1. the .aspx extensions, meaning the site uses Microsoft .NET, and 2. the XTML 1.0 Strict doctype.)

Happened last fall too in the municipal elections.

Actually, the municipal candidates page included all the candidates' contact info, including home address, phone numbers, email, etc. I don't think it included their websites, but I don't think the City asked for their websites, either.

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