Independent journalist Kim Siever announced today that he’s running in this year’s federal election. Unlike other candidates who have already announced, however, he won’t be running under a party banner.
After being rejected by the NDP party as a candidate for being too prolific and provocative online, Siever decided to run as an independent.
“While the NDP might see my tendency to take bold stances as a liability, I see it as a strength,” said Siever. “I believe that voters will see my tendency to speak my mind and to not be afraid to say the truth as a good thing.”
Running as an independent has its pros and cons. The biggest downside to not having the backing of a large political party is Siever’s inability to make large, expensive campaign promises. He can’t tell voters that he’ll give them tax breaks or reduce regulations or implement universal pharmacare.
On the other hand, he won’t be forced by a party whip to get in line and vote with a party in the House of Commons. He’s free to vote for what he sees as best for the constituents of Lethbridge and the surrounding county.
“Too often,” Siever added, “those we elect to represent us seem to be more interested in representing their party. And while sometimes what that party wants might align with what the community wants, that’s not always the case. It’s time we put people over party.”
Siever intends to run what he calls “a lean campaign”. With being unable to make big promises, he has chosen to focus his campaign on one principle: solidarity.
If elected, Siever promises to stand in solidarity with workers, the marginalized, and the environment.
He claims to be the only candidate in the current slate who has repeatedly stood on the picket line with workers, regardless of their political stripes. Siever says that regardless of whether workers vote on the left or the right, all workers deserve the right to advocate against large employers who don’t want to recognize worker freedoms that are guaranteed by the constitution.
Siever is passionate about standing up for those who are marginalized by society. This passion is driven by his Christian faith, whose founder embraced and defended those who were rejected by society. His advocacy has been seen in his volunteer work with such initiatives and programmes as the soup kitchen and SAGE Clan, as well as attending vigils for the victims of the Québec City Mosque shooting and the victims of residential schools, marching in the Pride parade and with Sisters in Spirit organizers, and attending rallies for immigrants and GSAs.
Finally, he understands how critical the environment is to Lethbridge and area. The land and water feeds each of us, but it makes possible for the farms and ranches of Southern Alberta to feed the world. Taking care of our natural resources means that we can ensure that the land can sustain us and provide with sources of recreation and joy for generations to come. The Lethbridge weather has grown drier and hotter over the last 100 years, and reversing that trend is the key for securing a better natural world for our grandchildren.
Siever also has a deep commitment to the community, which he has demonstrated over the last two decades through serving on over 2 dozens boards, committees, and panels, ranging from neighbourhood building and the arts to transportation and economic development.
You can read more about Siever and his campaign at kimsiever.ca/election.
The federal election will occur on Monday, September 20, 2021. Advanced polling will occur 10–13 September. Visit the Elections Canada website for information on voting by mail and voting at the Elections Canada office.