Here you sit, in the Chamber of the London City Hall. London Council is going to vote on whether or not they will ask Mayor Fontana to step aside. The meeting, because it seems irrelevant to you, seems boring. But maybe this is an excellent time to see things as they could be, as reality. Let’s look at some truth.
What you see as irrelevant to you is actually something really important. These Councillors are enacting the power the people gave them at the last election. The citizens needed something done for us: we are not Greece where each speaker can get up and speak, so we elect people to speak for us. Because our democracy has become so bastardized, Council decides for us. But our truth is, we needed someone to represent us, so we gave them part of our power (the right of action on our behalf). We have all gotten it very wrong, the Councillors, our MPP’s, our MP’s decide for us and speak for us. That was never meant to be part of their mandate. Them speaking and thinking for us assumes that we are incapable of thinking for ourselves.
Once I had an argument with a politician, over a political issue, who had the arrogance to say that it was her right, by virtue of the British Parliamentary System, to make the hard decisions for the constituents. I asked her if that was because all of her constituents were too stupid to make decisions. She did not want to insult me so she said “Well, I have all the information, so I can make the important decisions”, to which I answered, and whose fault is it that your constituents are not informed about the issues? Why do politicians feel they must keep information from us? Is it pride? Or is it just easier ruling people you keep in the dark? Lets get it out and never leave our minds, they are servants – they are not rulers.
So why then are we in Council tonight? We are here to remind Mayor Fontana of our power. This is the most critical point in democracy – for the citizens to understand the principle of Accountability and hold our representatives and leaders accountable for their actions. What you are doing here is a wonderful democratic act, and even if the Mayor does not step down, there are more actions we can take. What is important is that you feel the sense of empowerment, that you here feel like you want a say and will demand a say because it is your right, and it is your power that they are abusing by ruling you rather than representing you.
There seems to be an overabundance of disrespect to the people – Harper prorogued Parliament to keep himself out of hot water, McGuinty prorogued the Legislature to keep us from finding out about the buying of votes via the energy plant halt, and Ornge, corruption by mayors in Montreal, Laval and Winnipeg. These are all issues of accountability, and they are happening because we, the people have not held them to account for their action. We are invisible to them and they do as they please in our silence. For them, they like us uninformed and silent. Again, we are easier to rule when we are kept uninformed and silenced. Children are easy to rule.
But imagine a world were the citizens of Canada woke up and acted democratically. If everyone simply phoned their representative, and filled their email boxes full telling our representatives how to vote, filling their mail boxes informing our representatives that we will not only be not voting for them but we will be campaigning for the guy will represent our interests. Beyond this, we need to get Recall and the mechanisms of Referendum and Initiative so that the people have an easy way to control our Democracy, after all, it is our Democracy not theirs.
Our only problem is, will our politicians vote to give us our power? Not likely, so we will have to vote for Independent members in our Legislature and in our Parliament so they WILL do it. That is how I see our course to Democratic change. There will always be King Johns to contend with and we too can force our King Johns to give us what is rightfully ours, our power. This is the New Democracy, the glasses to see the truth have been on our heads all of this time.
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