Saturday, June 04, 2005

Reeforrm

The electoral kind I mean (trying for the Preston Manning effect).

No matter what political leanings you have, I am sure you agree with me that reforms are required in order to stop the debauchery we are seeing unfold before us in Ottawa. There is nothing worse than a politician who is arrogant enough to think that they are the best judge of what is right for constituents.

There are many reforms that can be achieved if enough people demand changes from their local and federal representatives. What kind of changes? How about these as a few examples:

* Fixed election dates - no more at the whim of the party in power
* Citizen Initiative Reforms - empowers constituents - not politicians
* Recall - gets rid of corruption and arrogance by elected officials
* Elected Senate - people for the people keeping an eye on the PM

Wait.. there are many more. How about:

* Proportional Representation
* Referendum Initiatives
* Single Transfer Vote

I think you get the idea.

I urge all my friends to mail/email/phone your MP and MLA and demand that political reform measures be initiated. These changes must be implemented by their steering committees and become their party policy. Tell them your vote for them depends on it.

This is just one more way you can make a change. Our country depends on your involvement and contribution - no matter how big or small.

4 Comments:

At Sun Jun 05, 11:59:00 AM MDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Countries with proportional representation are usually less stable. Examples are Italy, Belgium, etc. Coalition governments are more prone to overspending, corruption and featherbedding as interest groups are able to bend the larger parties.

But the people of this country must have some way through referendums to impose the will of the electorate directly as in the USA, particularily in the spending of money and so called Social bills such as Gay marriage.

 
At Sun Jun 05, 01:19:00 PM MDT, Blogger Richard said...

Hey There! Saw you listed on SDA. Nice to see another "Stampeeder" with a blog.

 
At Sun Jun 05, 09:46:00 PM MDT, Blogger Candace said...

Aizlynne, the Reform Party tried alot of that (eg. recall, petitions with more than a certain percentage of the population actually counting in Ottawa - which is what led to 22 minutes' online petition to make Stockwell change his first name to Doris - I don't recall if Elected Senate was in there, but I think it was) and got shouted out of Parliament.

CPC is pushing for fixed election dates (unless a minority gov't is in power) and also an elected Senate. I believe both the CPC and NDP are pushing for proportional representation.

The problem is...those dang Liberals!

 
At Tue Jun 07, 10:38:00 PM MDT, Blogger Wade Ranger said...

How we elect our parliamentarians is not the problem. The problem is, once elected, the PM basically has dictatorial powers. What we need is a two party system; a decentralized government with more powers for local governments; and a higher level of accountability of the government's actions and inactions. A move toward a more republic system in essence.

 

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