Debate for the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan HC Seat Occurs

(3/7/19)

Today, the first debate for the 1st District of New Tenochtitlan House of Commons Seat occurred at 17:00 GMT-4 between Independent HIM Emperor Jason Norfolk I and HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I from the Green-Republican Party. The debate occurred in New Tenochtitlan, to be specific the northernmost part of the mainland of the District of New Tenochtitlan. Both candidates were able to attend the debate and be their physically no time. The debate moderator was also HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I, who is in charge of organizing the elections.

HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I has transcribed the debate for the Imperial Gazette and it has been posted below. In total, there were forty-six questions asked.

Q: “Why would you make a good member of the House of Commons?”

CN: “I have experience in micronationalism.”

JN: “I listen to both sides of an argument before making a decision.”

Q: “What do you think of the conquering of the Republic of Tamcoop?”

CN: “It was necessary to take over the District of New Tenochtitlan, but I think we should leave them alone indefinitely.”

JN: “I’m okay with it.”

Q: “What do you think about same-sex marriage?”

CN: “I fully support it and would personally make a homophobic citizen be disgraced.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should we have Anti-Discrimination laws?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?”

CN: “No.”

JN: “No.”

Q: “Should subdivisions be allowed to display offensive flags on government property?”

CN: “No, unless that government property is a museum.”

JN: “It depends on who is defining what is offensive.”

Q: “Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?”

CN: “No, but they should have women on their board of directors anyway.”

JN: “No, but it is suggested.”

Q: “Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Sure.”

Q: “Do you support the separation of Church and State?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “What do you think of the Royal Family having slightly more power than Parliament does?”

CN: “I am fine what that as long as they are not crazy with their powers.”

JN: “I think it is okay.”

Q: “Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?”

CN: “Yes and that needs to take place now.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?”

CN: “It should be fazed out, slowly. Just like what we are doing with plastic straws.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should settlements and subdivisions be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?”

CN: “No, but if it is proven to bring jobs to that area, then yes.”

JN: “Sure.”

Q: “Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce potential national debts?”

CN: “Yes, but very carefully.”

JN: “That would create a negative effect loop, so I do not think so.”

Q: “Should the government have a federal minimum wage?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations whose CEO makes more than V100,000 per year?”

CN: “Increase.”

JN: “Increase.”

Q: “Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes, if they have the same qualifications. I don’t think gender should be a compensation determinate.”

Q: “Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?”

CN: “Yes. This is what United States of America should be doing with Amazon and Google to prevent from taking any more of the market share within the industry.”

JN: “Yes. We don’t want monopolies, that is a bad thing.”

Q: “Do you support a universal basic income program?”

CN: “I believe that it should be that right of the subdivisions to decide whether or not they should do that.”

JN: “I think it is a good idea.”

Q: “Do you believe labour unions help or hurt the economy?”

CN: “They used to serve a purpose, but now the majority of them are not very helpful. Some are, but most aren’t.”

JN: “Hurt.”

Q: “Would you support the creation of an intermicronational Trade Organization?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the government subsidize farmers, if needed?”

CN: “Yes, but if it is a natural disaster.”

JN: “No.”

Q: “Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?”

CN: “I would say that it is a very large problem in other countries, but all of our citizens have duel citizenship and bank accounts in other countries, so it wouldn’t make sense to outlaw offshore bank accounts.”

JN: “As long as we are able to tax it, so I don’t see a problem with it.”

Q: “Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?”

CN: “Yes, but it should only be used during business transactions.”

JN: “Not yet.”

Q: “Do you support the current Firearm ban in the constitution?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Are you in favor of decriminalizing all types of drug use?”

CN: “Yes, but only for first-time offenders and all drugs except Marijuana.”

JN: “As long as there is an equal investment into the treatment of abdication.”

Q: “Should there be term limits set for members of the House of Commons and the Prime Minister?”

CN: “Not right now, just because of out low population.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should it be illegal to burn the flag of the Norfolk Empire?”

CN: “No.”

JN: “No, that is freedom of speech.”

Q: “Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearm dealers and manufacturers?”

CN: “It is up to the individual.”

JN: “Yes. If dumb***ses can sue lawnmower companies for sticking their hands under a lawnmower, then so should gun violence victims.”

Q: ” Should we create a security agency?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the High Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?”

CN: “I think that the amount of judges and no term limits is fine.”

JN: “We need an odd number of judges, so yes. I think term limits should be based on the average life span of our citizens, not a life term.”

Q: “Do you support the creation of the Military?”

CN: “Yes, but only if the military promises to not maim or kill anyone unless attacked by them.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should we have a basic healthcare system?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Do you support the legalization of recreational and medical Marijuana?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire join more organizations?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: ” Would you go to war with any other micronation and under what circumstances?”

CN: “No.”

JN: “I would in defense of our country and would lend troops to our allies.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire have a Police Force and Criminal Code?”

CN: “Yes, but the police force should be on a national level.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the Norfolk Empire have prisons?”

CN: “No. If someone is arrested for a petty crime, then they will be fined, if someone commits a federal crime, they will be deported.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should a photo ID be required to vote?”

CN: “No, unless the person is below the age of ten.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?”

CN: “Yes.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “Should the minimum voting age be lowered or heightened?”

CN: “Leave it be.”

JN: “I think that is fine.”

Q: “Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?”

CN: “No.”

JN: “Yes, if we are setting dollar limits.”

Q: “Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?”

CN: “No, unless the crime was only petty.”

JN: “No.”

Q: “Should the government increase spending on public transportation?”

CN: “Yes, and it should be spent on an organization to provide public biking services, a biking taxiing service, a service to register your bike or trike, and an organization to test your riding abilities.”

JN: “Yes.”

Q: “What do you think about a Space Program?”

CN: “I think that we should have a space program where the goal is to enter the Stratosphere and the Mesosphere.”

JN: “Yes.”

HIM Empire Jason Norfolk proved himself to be more of a Pro-Royalty Libertarian than anything while HRH Prince Cooper Norfolk I proved himself to be more of a Centrist Pro-LGBT Activist. Both candidates answered most questions fully.

The purpose of this debate was to help the citizens of the 1st Division of the District of New Tenochtitlan choose who they want to vote for in the election for their MP. Hopefully this debate helped some citizens decide who they want to vote for.

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