“A grass roots campaign has managed to get 278 candidates for the upcoming Belgian communal and provincial elections to pledge their support for free and open source software. "And, so-far, three political parties, the Socialist Party, Ecolo and Mouvement RÃ©formateur, have promised me their general support", says Nicolas Pettiaux, one of two volunteers contacting politicians.”
I have to smile when an issue in a political campaign becomes not whether a politician should support Free/Libre Open Source Software but why they don’t… Really, FLOSS is the right way to do IT and everyone should support it. Not supporting FLOSS becomes a political filter that many citizens can use to reject candidates who do not have the interests of the people at heart.
FLOSS has been well-tested in Belgium and most parts of Europe and people know it works and lowers costs. What’s not to like/support about FLOSS? It’s beginning to become an election-issue in Canada, but certainly not one to make the evening news. By the time of the next election the government may adopt FLOSS anyway so it may be no issue at all.
- Green Party – “The Green Party supports the goals and ideals of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) and believes that Canada’s competitiveness in global information technology (IT) will be greatly enhanced by strongly supporting FLOSS.”
- New Democratic Party – had a resolution supporting FLOSS at one convention
“WHEREAS the Free Software and Open Source movements offer the possibility of a new form of production based on sharing and community cooperation; and
WHEREAS Free and Open Source software is more secure than many commercial alternatives; and
WHEREAS Free and Open Source software is almost never affected by computer viruses and invasive software such as pop-ups and spy-ware; and
WHEREAS Open Office, and other software are compatible with file formats from other dominant commercial software such as Microsoft Office; and
WHEREAS certain government departments in Canada have already started to use Free and Open Source software without the direction of the government; and
WHEREAS the NDP and the Canadian government should be an example in using Open Source and Free software because this type of software is available to anyone with a computer independent of their income,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party of Canada give preferential consideration to using Free and Open Source software for its internal information; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal NDP lobby the Canadian government to assure that preferential consideration be given to using Free and Open Source software in all of its departments.” and they advertised some workshops on FLOSS and GNU/Linux.
Apparently the other parties don’t see it on the radar yet.