The next 20 or so blogs are a package to lay out what I believe Canadians need to know to develop a good democracy. I love Canada, and hope to help her become her best.
Essential Knowledge Needed to Grow a Democracy part 1
It is about time that we face the facts, and admit to ourselves that, we in Canada, have a terrible form of democracy in the British Parliamentary Democracy. Sure, it is better than most forms of governance in the world, but perhaps that is the problem, our government is not so bad that we are in the street like Egyptians, but we have a very long way to go to have democracy like the Swiss.
If we look at the pedigree of the government we have inherited from the British, it is an archaic model that sorely needs to be remodeled and modernized. We hear of our politicians revising laws that have become antiquated, from 30 years ago, to modernize the law, but not one of them seems interested in modernizing our governing system. The British Parliamentary System perhaps did not even serve the people well that was primarily designed a thousand years ago, for people whose best method of transportation was a horse buggy, and for a population where only 45% of the people could read. These people not only lived an agricultural life but in a society where serfdom, while waning, persisted until1799 in Scotland. It was a common belief that the husband and wife were one person and the husband was that person. The wife had no right to own property and all she earned was her husband’s. This form of governance was crafted by the ruling class that took no issue with children as young as 5 working around operating machinery until. This was a government in which only the royalty sit as members and for whom only the rich with land could vote. Changes in 1832 would make improvements, in The Great Reform Act, but still only one in 7 men could vote. This was a time that, literally, men were killed for demanding democratic reforms.
In regard to government, yes things have changed, all men and women can vote, we have far more rights and freedoms extended to us, yes it is common people that occupy our houses of government, but this remains, that there is an air of privilege had by our rulers and representatives. The idea of our so-called representatives being servants of the public is a joke, and we will not get any more democratic change until we, the people demand it.
Today, we will not go to jail, be persecuted, or killed to insist on democratic change. Shame on us for just sitting back and letting our privileged ruling class go about doing whatever they feel like doing.
Essential Knowledge to Grow a Democracy 2