Proportional Representation Leads to More Diverse, Cooperative Politics

Response to Bill Tieleman and other Electoral Reform naysayers

Canadian society is incredibly diverse. However, we currently use an antiquated electoral system that was designed in the 13th century for a country that had only two political parties. As such, Canada’s House of Commons is overwhelmingly dominated by a small number of political parties – usually just two. This lack of variety fails to represent the multitude of voices and opinions in Canadian society.

Tieleman slights the federal Green party, whose seat count remains low due to the current voting system. Does Tieleman think that smaller parties such as the Greens shouldn’t have a voice in our parliament? I can’t help but think of 1990s provincial politics, when the leader of the BC NDP, the party Tieleman once served as an advisor to, labeled environmentalists as the enemies of B.C. Or again in the 2000s when the BC NDP opposed the province’s incredibly progressive carbon tax.

Having a party like the Greens, even if just on the periphery, has ensured that the more regressive policies of the BC NDP have been challenged. The party had to adapt to such criticism, and become a more progressive political party for it. Sometimes even opposition parties need to be opposed.

Tieleman wants us to believe a greater diversity of voices will mean racism and intolerance in Canada’s parliament.

New Zealand, a country that uses proportional representation, shows that exactly the opposite can happen: Indigenous people have a louder voice in parliament, which encourages tolerance, cooperation and respect. The Māori party regularly wins seats (even outside of the seven electorates set aside for Māori candidates) and is part of New Zealand’s current coalition government. Of the eight political parties that contested New Zealand’s 2014 election, three of them had leaders of Māori heritage.

Coalition and minority governments can be extremely productive. Lester Pearson’s minority Liberal government was one of the most fruitful governments that Canada has ever had. Pushed to cooperate with the NDP, we saw the creation of public healthcare, Canada Pension Plan, Student Loans, a Canadian Flag, the 40-hour work week, two weeks of vacation time and a new minimum wage. So when detractors of proportional representation warn of parliamentary gridlock, be skeptical. The exact opposite can happen when parties work together.

When was the last time that a federal Canadian political party with seats had a non-Caucasian leader? Certainly not during my lifetime, if ever.

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Meet the ‘unpeople’ – Whose views don’t matter to West’s faux-democrats (OP-ED)

Who are the unpeople? Human beings whose views don’t matter a jot to self-styled ‘democrats’ in the West, even though in some cases – in fact, in most cases, they constitute the majority.

When Western elites and their media stenographers talk of ‘democracy’ it’s clear that they mean that power should only go to those groups/parties/leaders who will govern the country for the benefit of those elites, regardless of how much actual support these groups/parties/leaders actually have. ‘Assad must go’ not because that’s what a majority of Syrians want, but because Assad staying in power in a country of enormous geostrategic importance does not suit the interests of the most powerful people in the West.

Across the world, the views of millions of people are ignored – ironically by people who boast loudest about their support for ‘democracy’. But democracy if it means anything means respecting equally the views of everyone, not elevating the views of some groups above others just because their candidates are good for Washington and its allies – which is what happens in practice.

Racist and imperialist attitudes underpin the mindset of the Western faux democrats. These people, most of whom have never set foot in Syria, believe they have to right to dictate who should or shouldn’t be running the country. The Western faux-democrat believes that it’s the opposition that should be ruling Venezuela, and that someone like Garry Kasparov or Mikhail Khodorkovsky should be in the Kremlin and not Vladimir Putin, or heaven forbid, Gennady Zyuganov.

Source: Meet the ‘unpeople’ – Whose views don’t matter to West’s faux-democrats (OP-ED) — RT Op-Edge

West Block – Election 2015 Overview

Very good overall look at the longest election campaign in Canadian history. Tom speaks with many guests of all political stripes. As always he adds in humour. A show worth watching for a non-biased information based program. Original air date October 17.

Watch the full broadcast of The West Block. Hosted by Tom Clark.

Source: Transcript Season 5 Episode 6

Canadian Party Leader’s Debate

Why are the other party leaders allowing PM Harper to decide whether their should be debates? Liberals, NDP, Bloc Québécois and Green Party could hold a debate without Harper’s consent. It would draw a larger audience. The number of Canadians who watched the recent so-called debates dropped to 1 million from more than 11 million in past elections.

My thoughts are one debate from Quebec and one from Alberta in a University setting. Universities are an excellent place to hold real debates. They also have the means and ability, to hold a lively debate by selecting people from various sectors, to ask questions. Perhaps the University could allow short questions from the live audience. What a novel idea. The two I picked are my choices one in French and one in English.

With almost four weeks until the election on October 19 Universities are capable of staging the debates. Pick a host who knows the rules of debating for starters. Any local or national media would be welcome to broadcast the debates. The use of Livestream and YouTube Live should be included.

This would put Canada back in the Election with or without PM Harper participating. An election date is set by the PM after getting consent from the Queen of England’s representative in Canada. In our semi-democratic Parliamentary system Canadians set the agenda by drawing attention to our concerns. Otherwise we are living in a dictatorship. Or are we already there?

Very few Canadians viewed the so-called debates. They were so dry I had no spit. More akin to watching paint dry with questions so flat Elizabeth May had more fun on Twitter.

Please help spread the message to those who want real debates. First to heed the call will have fun showcasing your University.

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