Jonathan Dean, 2005 founder and current leader of the Atlantica Party, isn’t sitting idle after gaining ground in the May 2017 election. He didn’t have a candidate in every riding, but he did find 14 people to carry the Atlantica banner. He didn’t get to participate in the
But 1,632 Nova Scotians voted for the new party promising to eliminate government interference in the private sector, privatize beer, wine and liquor sales in the province, lower income tax and introduce policies to recall MLAs – a.k.a. let constituents petition and vote out MLAs before their term is up.
That’s 1,632 Nova Scotians who either tuned in to or turned over to the Atlantica Party’s way of thinking. According to Dean, he can build on that and is willing to work now to position his party later.
“Between elections it can be hard to get political news out…we have a strong IT structure and social media program but it’s a matter of going to, say, downtown Springhill and meeting people on the street or having a local group and local community meeting and saying this is who we are, this is what we see for the province.”
Dean was in Springhill doing just that, meeting with 2017 party candidate Michael ‘Thor’ Lengies before touring the Cumberland South riding. Dean hopes by doing the legwork now the Atlantica Party will be difficult to dismiss later. The goal, he says, is to have a candidate in every riding and for the public to understand the party means business when the next election is called.
“Elections are the best time because people wake up and they start paying attention – the dragon wakes up. It’s about having
Politics is a fickle game, Dean says. People want to become politicians because they want to help the people. Political party’s, however, call on their politicians to vote according to the party’s interest. Dean says the Atlantica Party is different because
“All votes are going to be free votes and if we don’t do that you can take us to
His long-term goal, Dean says, is for the Atlantica Party to not be a long-term party.
“I don’t want to be a career politician. I have other things to do with my life. This is a project for most of us to do for a certain amount of time, then we’re going to go off and do other things.”
Founded in Nova Scotia
Liberal Party of Nova Scotia – 1883
Progressive Conservatives – 1867
New Democratic Party – 1961
Atlantic Party – 2005
Green Party – 2006
Gone, but not forgotten
Cape Breton Labour Party, d. 1984
Nova Scotia Party, d. 2005
Marijuana Party, status unknown