Monday, November 15, 2010

Reason in Canadian Politics?

Welcome, Reason Vancouver. I, for one, would like to see a lot less emotion-driven government.

Reason Vancouver is a new political movement dedicated to developing policies based on reason and empiricism and applying them at the municipal level.

Reason Vancouver supports policy based on evidence, justice and the rule of law instead of dogmatic commitment to Left or Right-wing ideologies. We believe in an equitable and secular society.

Policy developed by Reason is open to objective criticism and re-evaluation when the evidence dictates.

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Next, we are more than happy to help establish other municipal Reason Parties. It is not our view that reason and evidence-based policy should be limited solely to the City of Vancouver, but should be a movement that effects change in every city, province and country. Ideally, traditional politicians will move to adopt our strategies and be forced to present thought-out policy that is supported by evidence, but until that happens, we need to fly the flag of Reason every where we can. To start setting up your own Reason party, contact us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

However, if you’re specifically interested in either BC or Canadian federal politics, consider checking out the websites that have been set up to gauge interest in either a Reason BC or a Reason Party of Canada. If either movement gains enough momentum, they may be worth pursuing.
Emphasis mine.

[H/T, Canadian Atheist]

2 comments:

D.I.D. said...

This is an amazing idea! Not enough reason is in politics today, it all seems to be rhetoric and hyperbole.

It is a shame that the general public is apathetic, though, and follows the established so-called "right" and "left" parties with such blind enthusiasm.

Ian said...

Thanks for your support James! If you're interested in this concept at other levels, check out ReasonParty.ca - it's not much yet, but with enough momentum it could become a voice at the federal level (although federal politics is much more difficult for new parties to attempt).

~Ian Bushfield
Chair, Reason Vancouver