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Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:31 pm Post subject: Elections Canada deregisters Pirate Party
( so much for the pirate party ? although it may try and launch again )
Elections Canada deregisters Pirate Party, leader vows it will sail again
Friday, October 20th, 2017
Canada’s Pirate Party appears to be marooned, but the party’s leader says they will soon set sail again.
Elections Canada says it’s going to officially deregister the party at the end of next month because it didn’t file its paperwork on time.
“The party is being deregistered for failing to file the required financial transactions return and auditor’s report for the 2016 fiscal year,” an Elections Canada notice said.
Party leader Travis McCrea said that the party is being delisted because of an administrative oversight after a new person came in to manage the party’s finances and paperwork.
“It’s just those struggles of a small party. We don’t have a financial team,” he said.
This setback doesn’t mean it’s straight to Davy Jones’ Locker for the pirates; they can still decide to reapply for registration at any time, and McCrea says they intend to.
“We’ll be a political party in months again,” he added.
The party calls for radical copyright and intellectual property reform — including decriminalizing music downloads. It first registered in Canada in 2010, but has had no domestic electoral success. Pirates overseas, though, have won seats in legislatures — notably in Iceland, where the local Pirate Party currently has 10 seats.
The Pirate Party of Canada, for the moment, joins the ranks of other officially deregistered small Canadian parties, including the Work Less Party (its platform explains itself) and the separatist Western Block Party.
Once deregistered, the party can no longer issue tax receipts for contributions and its name cannot appear on election ballots along with the name of candidates.
The pirates will have to get their papers in order soon, though. McCrea says they’re eyeing to run a candidate in the upcoming South Surrey – White Rock byelection – a seat which opened up after Conservative MP Dianne Watts stepped down to run for B.C. Liberal leadership.
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