Some people have said that the opinion polls leading up to the election were wrong – those people were wrong; the polls were not.
Some people have said that the election was rigged – those who were observers during the voting and counting said it was not.
These were not the problems the PPC had during this this election – the problem was the media.
In the last election in the United States, Donald Trump had the support of Fox News and other news outlets across the country. In Canada the PPC has had no support from the media.
Canada has no true right leaning media. The closest we come is the Toronto Sun and the National Post, both of which often publish left leaning and biased articles, and both of which supported the Conservatives in this election.
New media like The Post Millennial and True North News have a Conservative bias. The Rebel News is the only outlet which gave the PPC fair coverage, but even the Rebel has a Conservative bias. The greater problem is that these new media have very little reach in Canada. The Rebel is probably seen by less than 5% of Canadians.
Knocking on doors throughout the election, I knew that the polls were accurate, and I knew what the result would be on election day. On the final day before the election, people were saying things like, “This is exactly what I have been looking for. Why have I never heard of you?”
A few days before the election a woman sent me a lovely email saying that she had never heard of the PPC until she saw one of our election signs. She looked at the party platform and wrote, “WOW! AMAZING! FINALLY! Down to earth, real issues, level-headed thinking! You have my support.” But most people don’t vote because they saw an election sign, and most people don’t bother to look at the party platform.
The PPC had two problems in this election: public awareness and the perception that we could not win. Both can be condensed into the first one: if we had higher awareness, we would have had a chance to win.
The PPC election result of 1.6% was very good in proportion to the number of voters who were highly informed about the PPC, which is likely less than 5%. And more people would have supported the PPC, but they voted strategically knowing that the PPC did not have a chance to win.
The PPC probably got a third of the votes among informed voters, and may have got more than half if we were seen as able to win. That is a good indication of our future chances, when public awareness grows.
The PPC will eventually win but we must overcome the media problem.
This problem can’t be solved after a PPC win. The PPC will defund the CBC and eliminate subsidies to failing media. But unbiased media is needed to get the PPC to power, and only once in power can the CBC be defunded.
Even with subsidies, the legacy media will eventually collapse. Subsidies can’t force people to watch what they don’t want to watch. Subsidies will only keep these zombie organizations going as they get fewer and fewer viewers.
The transition to online media will continue, and with it there will be more opportunities to create new media outlets and new content that will give fair and unbiased coverage to the People’s Party.