Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency
|Party Leader||Michael Nicula|
|Dissolved||July 31, 2016|
|Membership||1,000+ (May 20, 2011)|
|Ideology||Participatory democracy, Democratic socialism, Left-wing Nationalism and Canadian Republicanism|
|Political position||Centre-left to Left|
|International affiliation||E2D International|
The Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency (French: Parti pour la Responsabilisation, la Compétence et la Transparence, abbreviated as PACT), formerly the Online Party of Canada (French: Parti Canadien en ligne, abbreviated as OPC), is a Canadian website and was a federally registered political party founded in October 2010. The party was founded by Michael Nicula of Toronto. The party was deregistered by Elections Canada on July 31, 2016.
Founding and governing principles
The Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency was a non-partisan political party founded on the principles of participatory e-democracy where members voted directly on specific issues via the party website and, in return, party officials (candidates) must support the majority position on every issue, regardless of their personal position.
To ensure accountability, all PACT representatives wrote up their own Promissory Letter of Resignation before being eligible to run for office. Any PACT representative who votes against the will of the majority could be asked to resign.
The Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency did not have a set agenda. The political platform was a compilation of issue positions from the OPC website, voted from members and grouped by issue category, e.g., economic, healthcare, environment, etc. The key aspect of the platform is the importance given to certain categories; however, particular issues and respective positions are determined solely based on members’ votes.
Unlike most recognized political parties, all eligible voters in Canada, including members of other federal political parties, are allowed and strongly encouraged to become members of PACT in order to cast votes and comment on issues. In this sense, PACT is more like to a virtual House of Commons of Canada, representing all political stripes, rather than a traditional political party.
To ensure that each voting citizen only casts a single vote on each issue, only members' votes count toward the official party position and members are only authenticated once a signed paper form, recognized by Elections Canada, is submitted to the PACT. Through this process, every PACT member and their respective electoral district as voting citizens is verifiable through the National Register of Electors, similar to the voter identification process followed by Elections Canada during Federal Elections.
|Election||Candidates||# of votes||% vote||% vote in contested ridings|
|2015 general election||1 ||90||0.00%||0.00% |
|2012 by-election||Durham||Michael Nicula||132||0.39||6/6|
|2013 by-election||Toronto Centre||Michael Nicula||43||0.12||10/11|
|2015 general election||Spadina—Fort York||Michael Nicula||90||0.001%||5/6 |
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- Official website
- Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency on Facebook
- Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency - Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups - Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries
- Online Party of Canada – Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups – Web Archive created by the University of Toronto Libraries