Thursday, October 29, 2015
How We Can Bury the Harper Cons Forever
As you know the Harper Cons have set out on a long journey through the political wilderness to choose a new leader, after the shocking loss of the only one they ever had.
And now it seems that journey could be an even longer one.
Debate is growing within the leaderless Conservative Party about how long to wait before picking a new chief, sources say. Some Tories are urging party brass to put it off for as long as two years, while others advocate for concluding a race for a permanent leader by the middle of 2016.
With the so-called Red Tories trying to buy themselves some time to come up with a good candidate.
And above all trying to stop Jason Kenney, who would like the job TOMORROW !!!
And whose desperate grab for power I am supporting.
Even though that deranged zombie just blocked me from reading his Twitter feed !!!!
In the firm belief that if he ever became leader he would bury the Cons for a generation.
But luckily there is a better way to make sure the Cons are buried, and not just for a generation but FOREVER.
And it's called electoral reform.
If there’s any part of the Liberal platform that should terrify Conservatives, it is this: “We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.
For as Tasha Kheiriddin points out, proportional representation would be fatal...
Proportional representation (PR) would sound the death knell to any form of small-c conservative government. Majorities would, of course, be a thing of the past. And even assuming the Tories got 40 per cent of the seats in the House, they would need to form a coalition with one of the other parties to govern, or form ad-hoc coalitions on confidence votes such as the budget.
What might this lead to for the Conservatives? Paradoxically for a party that won government by coming together, it could result once again in it splitting apart.
And as Evan Solomon points out, so would a ranked ballot.
Liberals could ram through a new electoral system that would put the Conservatives adrift on the political tundra, gnawing on their boots to survive while waiting to be discovered by a Franklin-style search party. That system is called the Ranked ballot, and it just happens to be the one Trudeau prefers.
The Cons know that and they are terrified...
Conservatives already sense the trap. At a recent post-election gathering hosted by Maclean’s, the Conservatives’ former spokesman Kory Teneycke thundered on about the need for full public consultation in the form of a referendum.
So the only questions that need to be answered are:
Can Jason Kenney be restrained?
What system could kill him and his Cons off sooner?
And will Justin Trudeau, after benefiting from the present system, keep his promise to reform it?
All those who believe we need electoral reform are looking closely at Trudeau. While this might not be an issue that voters key into during an election—one wag told me that democratic reform is the Dungeons & Dragons of the Parliament Hill crowd—it has huge impact.
Tasha Kheiriddin thinks Trudeau will use the courts to break his promise. But I think he'll keep it. Because I think I can trust him, and it alone would assure his place in Canadian history.
It will likely determine if the Trudeau government does practise politics differently or if power inevitably favours the status quo.
And when all those who lived through the nightmare years of the Harper regime, understand that electoral reform could make sure that nightmare never happens again, the pressure on Justin will be impossible to resist.
For who could resist this shimmering vision?
Talk about sunny times.
For the first time we have the will and the means to destroy the Harper Cons forever.
And nothing is going to stop us...
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