The price of being a politician: Who’s worth more?
Statistics Canada says more than 10,000 people have applied to run for public office in Canada since the Conservatives took power in 2006.
There are still more than 20,000 applications in the system.
Some of them were filed before the Conservatives were elected.
The numbers of candidates vying for federal office have gone up over the last five years, from 6,200 in 2010 to 12,200 last year, Statistics Canada said in a report released Wednesday.
But the number of people running for elected office has increased by about 5,400.
There are more candidates seeking to become candidates, the number applying has gone up, the amount of money spent by candidates has gone down, and there are more campaigns going on in some areas, the report said.
“In many ways, these are positive trends,” said Chris Gaudette, an associate professor of political science at Simon Fraser University.
Gaudette said the increase in candidates is a result of a number of factors, including the Conservatives’ economic mandate, a tightening economy and the changing role of the Prime Minister.
“People are looking to have a voice, to be able to speak up for themselves, to speak out for what they believe in,” he said.
The Liberals have a much more modest mandate, Gaudettes co-authors told CBC News.
“The Liberals, while they have an elected leader, have a very weak mandate,” he added.
Gartette said there are several factors that make it harder to get elected.
For one, many candidates don’t have the funds to spend their own money on their campaign.
Also, candidates have to go to provincial elections, and those elections are often held over three weeks, making them a much longer process.
The Conservative Party has a history of spending on its own candidates, he said, and candidates can be forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars just to be elected to federal office.
“This means the candidates who have more resources have to spend more to get the message out and get the attention of voters,” Gaudett said.
Gop has a record of being an advocate for social programs.
He was one of the first MPs to call for a moratorium on the Keystone XL pipeline, an idea that was later abandoned.
And he voted against a Conservative government decision in 2013 to scrap a $15 an hour minimum wage in favour of a $13.50 minimum wage.
But there are some exceptions to the rules.
In 2009, the Conservatives voted against an NDP motion calling for a referendum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which the Liberals voted for.
And in 2013, when Justin Trudeau was in opposition, he voted for the government’s decision to repeal a controversial law that gave the courts the right to intervene in the election process.
In the 2015 federal election, the Tories only won 15 per cent of the vote.
“The Liberal Party is still in power in Canada, and it’s not going to change that,” Gartette added.
“We are going to have to do some things, like try to be more aggressive on the campaign trail.”
The Liberals have been trying to turn things around, including introducing legislation to end the practice of limiting candidates to three years of service, as well as making the party more responsive to the needs of its base.