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Senior editor notice: While open politics itself relies on leak?s, Freedom of Information Act?s, draft?s and work in progress?, e.g. Living Letter, as a source of information especially from whistleblowers, we request that draft press releases not appear at openpolitics.ca itself until they have passed a fact check? at least as stringent as journalists do, if they contain quotes from persons. Prior content at this page failed that test, see the ensuring issue.

While political newcomers may be upset at such leaks, it is standard practice for campaign managers, speechwriter?s, advisors and lobbyists to put words directly in the mouths of candidates during a campaign. Such information is extremely politically valuable, as it indicates to outsiders what is going on inside these parties, what advisors think, what candidates refused to say, and let others contrast the early with late drafts to determine what internal pressures might be involved. It illustrates not the issues and positions that are
approved for release, but the ones that are seething beneath the surface well beneath what we see on TV. It exposes the arguments that work within a party but are not expected to carry weight with the public.

An issue/position/argument structure need not attribute a position to any source to be valid, so feel free to add any positions in draft material to any relevant IPA.

BY ALL MEANS CONTINUE TO POST ALL INSIDER MATERIAL. MARK IT CLEARLY AS UNAUTHORIZED AND SPECULATIVE. IN PARTICULAR INSIDER MATERIAL FROM THE Liberal Party of Canada.

A standard notice such as DRAFT (DO NOT QUOTE) isn't sufficient to inform all users that the quotes and the facts are preliminary, unverified or maybe not even known to the candidate. Accordingly a longer notice of this type is required - see notices. A standard form of notice for leaked drafts or internal conflict related materials or unverified sources willi soon be provided. For now, please mark such material fully.

We do not, of course, expect whistleblowers, rival parties, dissenters, spies, and dumpster divers to login? or anything, that would simply expose them to libel chill suits and so on. Keep posting your insider stuff here, we love it, we want it, we won't tell anyone who you are, and we only want to keep going to keep it up in sight for everyone to see and answer to.

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Use of openpolitics.ca itself for any purpose that involves malice or which does not reflect directly on the behaviour of political power seekers and hidden power figures - such as political advertising gurus - is however strongly discouraged and will be reverted.

To blank pages without comment? is a particularly malicious form of wiki graffiti as it leaves the impression that an event occurred which did not occur. An explanation should replace the content if it is discovered to be false or incorrect, in cases where it is politically very volatile. Blanking such explanations is more than graffiti it is genuine wiki vandalism, and malice will be assumed, and repeat occurrences investigated.


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