Who wants a civil election?
The answer to that question, so far, is apparently: not many.
A non-partisan, grassroots group, called Civil Election, is trying to get candidates to sign a pledge of civility for this campaign.
There are three parts to the promise. Candidates must say they are committed to:
Make myself available for public debates and all-candidate meetings
Not engage in personal attacks on my political opponents
Advocate for a respectful and substantive exchange of ideas
I checked in this morning on signatures so far and sorry to report, at near the mid-point of this campaign, fewer than 70 have signed up. Only five incumbents: Carolyn Bennett, Gerard Kennedy, Marlene Jennings from the Liberals, Bruce Hyer and Charlie Angus from the NDP.
Some other stats: In total, Greens are the big pledge signers: 44 so far. The Liberals are in a distant second, with 14 signatures, the NDP has 9 and zero from the Bloc and the Conservatives. I think we should just assume that it's because not a lot of people know about the pledge. If you're reading this, you may want to direct your candidate's attention to it.