Since 2000, Canadians have had 5 Governments (4 of them with Steven Harper as Conservative Leader). We Canadians elected each of these Governments to serve Canadians. Instead we have had Governments rife with conflict and discord. The situation is only exacerbated by a British Parliamentary System that maintains the adversarial nature of the House. We, the voters, quite frankly are sick of the childish bickering and our wishes being ignored by those whom we pay to represent our wishes.
The only way Canadians are going to get our Parliament’s notice is if we don’t elect our main party leaders. These leaders are the ones that set the tone for how our Parliament serves the people of Canada. This would be tantamount to the electorate firing a warning shot across the ship of political affairs. The replacement leaders, and our Members would notice that the people took notice of them and in fact acted to intervene to take back control of OUR Parliament. It’s my estimation that it would take less time and resources for bigger organizations, such as the Council of Canadians, etc., to take this idea into the Leaders’ Ridings well before an election, promote the idea of getting rid of the Leaders to show politicians we are sick of the whole Parliamentary Democracy System, and that it would be an act of Patriotism to Canadians to get rid of them.
We are presently a country that have Leaders and a Parliament devoid of accountability. We will never get equality legislation until the leaders – the 1% representatives are removed. Canning our leaders would be the first step in seizing the accountability. A government that is not accountable to the people is not a Democratic government. Thomas Jefferson said “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. With a new Parliament, freshly aware of the voters, we might be able to impress upon them to bring in laws that would give Canadians mechanisms of Direct Democracy like Recall, to keep the bums in check, along with Referenda and Initiatives. These would round out our seizure of control.
My overall plan is get Canadians to understand, presently we elect a Government, they get corrupt, or do as they please, we get sick of them, we KICK them out of office, we vote the other guys in for their turn at the trough, they get corrupt, or do as they please, so we KICK them out of office, we get back the guys that we originally got in. You see where I’m going with this. We can go back and forth, like the watching of a tennis match, or until we are sick as we are now at our politician. IT IS BROKE – WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR WE WILL GET THE SAME RESULT FOREVER. ‘Til now we have not seen that our headache is because we continue to bang our heads against the same wall.The overall plan is to get all Canadians to see that the System is broken, and that the Party System is not only detrimental to Democracy, it is anti-Democratic. This sounds like radical thinking, but you do the math. We elect someone from this party or that. We send him/her to Ottawa, in our minds, to represent us and our interests in Parliament. They get there, and then there is a vote on an issue that the constituents of the Riding are opposed to, and their Party tells our representative to vote against what we want. Where is the Representation in that? Where is the Democracy in that? Right, they are anti-Democratic. And to worsen it, they are organized by their party against our interest. And to put more salt in our wound, we pay them to do it. Again, why are we banging our heads against the same wall election after election.
What is the solution? We vote for anyone that is not, not, a party candidate. We vote for Independents. But you are going to rhyme at me, Independents don’t have any power. So I reply to you, neither do backbenchers. In fact, and Independent has more power than your back-bencher because at least he is not told how to vote, so there is very much more chance of you getting your interests voted in any issue when a vote is held.
Furthermore, if we had 20% of our Parliament as back-benchers, it would break the back of the Party System because the Independents would hold the control of the House. Moreover, the Independents in Parliament would break the control the 1% has on our present major parties. This in itself is reason to vote for Independents.
Here again, we need to plan now, well before an election. To get an Independent in our riding will take a long time, perhaps a couple of elections. We will not have the money of the 1% to buy our elections. We need to find good people, build an organization, then go out and teach this to the voters. It will take lots of work. Yes, but there is no hope for our present System. The Parties are not going to fix it. To them, the system is not broke. To them their monopoly is working just fine.
This is the imagining that we have not yet thought of. This is the secret that we have not yet tried.
For suggested reading see:
About the Party System
About Elitism in our Government