This story reminded me how I have thought for a long time that political parties ought to be outlawed.
One of the reasons why municipal elections are found so boring and attract few voters is the lack of poltical parties to drum up false support based on either the overlay of blandifying pap upon the real menace of the consequent preferments and disentitlements as in PEI or these sorts of bizzare accusations in Ontario where parties lust after the preferment of office itself. When the electorate actually latches on to an issue independent of the parties, as seen in New Brunswick, there is a idea that it is a derailing of what otherwise is a private dispute between the parties. The best that can be prayed for is a minority as in Nova Scotia where each idea and proposal passed through the legislature will have to be agreed upon and stand on its merit.
What to do? Wouldn't it be nice to find a place in the Constitution which would restrict the powers of these private interest associations? We can't expect them to either vote themselves restrictions or even the fairness of proportional representation so our only hope is a ancient loophole.