Online Party of Canada

December 21, 2011 Paul Nollen
January 18, 2011 Paul Nollen


About OPC

Online Party of Canada (OPC) is an Internet-based Political Party, pending registration.

OPC is a non-traditional political party. It is a revolutionary introduction of Internet technology to the political process. It operates exclusively online and promotes an innovative internal election system based on the competence and accountability of its candidates to public office. This system compels candidates to support the Party's official position on each of its issues, determined in a purely democratic manner, namely, as the simple majority opinion of its registered members.

OPC has no political colour, no affiliation, and no political alliances. It is open for Membership to all Canadians who have voting rights as well as landed immigrants, long-term expats and minors over 16.


To become the backbone of a truly democratic system where everyone who has the right to vote can freely express their opinion in an open forum in regards to any issue, vote and have their vote counted equally to any other voter, in a real-time and verifiable manner.

Online Party of Canada pledges to support through its representatives only the majority position on a particular issue. OPC will not compromise, will not allow its representatives to promote their own agenda, and will not make 'political deals' with any other political organization.

Welcome to a new era in politics!

OPC Founder: Michael Nicula Media Relations: [email protected] 416 567 6913

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Online Party of Canada
Template:Lang-fr File:Online Party of Canada.gifFounder Michael NiculaFounded October 1, 2010 (2010-10-01)Headquarters 388 King St. W - P.O. Box 30002 Toronto ON,
M5V 1K0 [1]Membership 1,000+ (May 20, 2011)Ideology Direct Democracy (List of direct democracy parties)International affiliation E2D InternationalOfficial colours none/allWebsite www.onlineparty.caPolitics of Canada
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The Online Party of Canada (Template:Lang-fr, abbreviated as OPC), is a Canadian website founded in October 2010 and is in the process of formally registering as a political party with Elections Canada.[2]

Founding and governing principles

The Online Party of Canada is a non-partisan political party founded on the principles of electronic direct democracy where members vote 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 OPC representatives must write up their own Promissory Letter of Resignation before being eligible to run for office. Any OPC representative who would then vote against the will of the majority could be asked to step down and resign.[3][4][5][6][7]

Political Platform

The Online Party of Canada does not have a set agenda. The political platform is a compilation of issues and 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.[8][9]


Unlike most recognized political parties, all eligible voters in Canada, even cardholding members of other federal political parties, are allowed and strongly encouraged to become members of OPC in order to cast votes and comment on issues. In this sense, the Online Party of Canada is more like to a virtual House of Commons, representing all political stripes, rather than a traditional political party.

To ensure that each voting citizen only cast 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 OPC.[10] Through this process, every OPC member and their respective electoral district as voting citizens is verifiable through the National Register of Electors (the Register)[11], similar to the voter idenfication process followed by Elections Canada during Federal Elections.

See also

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  1. "Online Party of Canada - Contact Us".
  2. "Internet download limit slashed for many". CBC News. January 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  3. "OPC Governing Principles". Online Party of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  4. "Marni Soupcoff: What we can learn from the Online Party of Canada". National Post. Oct 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  5. "The Libertas Post Interview – Michael Nicula, founder of the Online Party of Canada". Libertas Post. Dec 14, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  6. "Inside Canada's political parties: The Online Party of Canada". Digital Journal. Nov 1, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  7. "The Online Party of Canada — further analysis". The Blog of Walker. October 28, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  8. "OPC Political Platform". Online Party of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  9. "Commies, pirates, and potheads: The small political parties convene to explain the big picture behind this election". NOW Magazine. Apr 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-20.
  10. "OPC Membership Form". Online Party of Canada. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  11. "Description of the National Register of Electors". Elections Canada. Retrieved 2011-06-09.

External links

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