A position is a statement of what should be done regarding an issue.

Keep in mind:
  • Issues explain what is.
  • Positions explain what should be done.
  • arguments explain why a position is a good or bad idea.

example: an issue with three positions.

Issue: the deficit

The provincial government is running a deficit - currently it spends 3 Billion more each year than it takes in.

Position: raise taxes

Most citizens would rather see a tax increase than more cuts to health care, education and social services. The government should raise taxes by 3 billion.

Position: cut spending

Government spending is out of control, and there is still too much duplication and waste in government services. Government can become more efficient, and achieve the same services with less budget . The government should cut spending by 3 billion.

Position: deficits are OK.

Spending more today and borrowing to cover the costs is a good business decision. The province will be better off in the long run because it has invested in public infrastructure.

You can add a new position underneath any issue statement. To create a position on an issue, explain in a few sentences what should be done, and then try to crunch it down to a simple verb phrase like cut taxes. Brevity is always important as . Once you have crafted a short persuasive statement on your position, support it with one or more arguments.

Positions may include what an authority, government, institution etc. should do concerning an issue within its jurisdiction.It may be an opinion we hold on an issue whether it can be implemented or not.

Open Politics itself does not take positions on the issues, but it encourages our users and editors to do so on.

Official Positions

Positions published in openpolitics.ca should not be interpreted as the "official position" on anything, but can link to official positions published somewhere.
Who can develop a position?

Anyone can develop a position. The preferred method is to contribute to an IPA where positions are already being developed on an issue, preferably one which already exists in the list of all issues. Anyone who has already done this may expand their work in a position paper

How can I develop a position?

For this there are no rules. Be as persuasive as you can in any way that doesn't conflict with the terms of use.