I just read a blog that espoused Proportional Representation(PR) as the way to fix our Democracy. While it does give the people a measured improvement, it is not the panacea that many people advocate it to be. PR would be an improvement in helping the people get the policies they voted for, for instant, the Nafta would not have been implemented due to the Nafta not being supported by 50% of voters (the Progressive Conservatives did not have 50% of the vote). However, PR does not meet the challenge of giving the people a say between elections. The Liberals won the following election in 1993 with the promises by Jean Chretien, that he would renegotiate the Nafta deal and get rid of the GST. He did not get rid of the GST, and he not only did not renegotiate the Nafta, but he went on to negotiate and sign the Free Trade of the Americas deal approx. 18 months later. He hadn’t mentioned that deal during the election (clearly the major parties were bent on serving the 1% agenda, and be damned the people). Granted the Liberals would not have gotten a majority, but Chretien would still have tried to lead Parliament in a direction to implement the 1% agenda. Nor would PR stop Stephan Harper today from trying to lead Canadians down a road that we ought not go (review his minority past). Party politics is just broke.
True Democracy is where the people have a say on election day and throughout the term of office of any elected body. True Democracy is where the people have the power to make the elected body accountable throughout the term of office of any Government. This is the greater grievance of the people, not having a say and lack of accountability. PR doesn’t address this issue at all and the people continue to mourn over being ignored under a PR system. Only Direct Democracy (DD), and more specifically Recall will give the people the mechanism of Accountability and a say between elections. The Achilles heal of any member is the desire to be elected and hold power. A representative is held in check because the people can get rid of him/her and they are removed from the loved power.
We Canadians assume we have Democracy, even while our major parties tell our Members of Parliament and also our Legislatures to vote contrary to the expressed desire of the constituents, but due to our political ignorance we do not understand this vital truth. We have rights and we have freedoms, and the vast majority of Canadian assume that they are perminent and absolutely secure. This is not true. The security of our rights and freedoms are only secure if we have a Government that is held secure by Democracy and Accountability. What we witness today is rights and freedoms are extended to us only due to tradition. This is why it is vital for the people of Canada to finally wake up and fight for Direct Democracy that we can secure our rights and freedoms to us.
It frightens me that the Canadian voters take our Democracy so for granted. The true order of the day is entertainment rather than Democractic vigulance and fun rather than responsibility.
- Downloads for Democracy (pushinback.wordpress.com)
- President Harper of Electoral (Fraud) Democracy (saskboy.wordpress.com)