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Tag Archive 'Electoral Reform'

Well, it’s the political silly season again, when we democratically come together to decide by secret ballot who will govern us for the next four years. It’s a system we’ve used with minor alterations for as long as there’s been a British Columbia. We pass it down to our children with the clear explanation as […]

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Last week I talked about “responsible government” – this is the sequel to that piece. I’m horrified that we’re not taught that “responsible” has nothing to do with civilized behaviour but in fact means that government, i.e. the prime minister and cabinet, are responsible to the House of Commons, which can dismiss them on a vote of […]

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What I’m about to say is not about nit-picking technicalities or shades of meaning but demonstrates that Canadians are governed by a fraudulent charade called a “parliamentary democracy” and I challenge any educator or politician to debate me on that assertion. (Throughout I refer to the federal system, it’s equally applicable to provincial and territorial […]

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If Canadians don’t see a commitment for major change from Monday’s winner, the nastiest and most divisive election in our history, by far, will be for naught. Change is never easy and the results are never perfect. What one looks for is improvement and the ability to make future changes in case what you’ve done […]

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The critical question that arises out of the political campaign at this point is whether or not “strategic voting” is going to kill the Green Party. There’s no doubt that they are hurting badly at this point. Stephen Harper has forced voters to where they believe they must must consider any possible strategy by which […]

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To: The Rt. Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Dear Prime Minister, Most issues we face today we’ve faced before. For an older person like myself there is a strong sense of déjà vu. We’ve been through deficits and surpluses; prosperity and recessions; government overspending and  government parsimony; and there’s always a list of special issues […]

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Fix our democracy’s mess, ignore boo birds’ silly myths. We have a dictator at 24 Sussex Drive. So was Trudeau. So was Chretien. In fact, though he had a smile on his face, so was Mulroney. We don’t acquire dictators by a putsch but all nice and legal like under a system which makes them […]

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Democracy?

Here is another article which, apparently, ran afoul of Mr Putin. Quite why, I cannot say. I should add here that I cannot be certain of the reason except for nearly 5 years I had no columns returned by the Strategic Culture Foundation, then I was told that columns about Russia or Russian policy (such […]

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Why demand MPs go back to work if they can’t do real work once there? Now that the prorogue issue is behind us, it may be a good time to examine how Parliament works — and, more importantly, how it doesn’t work. What I have to say may sound cynical, but I say it’s simply […]

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