Monday, February 08, 2016
Nathan Cullen's Daring Proposal for Electoral Reform
When I first read Nathan Cullen's proposal to kickstart the electoral reform process, I must admit that I thought the NDP had lost its grip on reality.
For it did seem a bit unreasonable to ask the Liberals to surrender their majority on a committee that will study the matter.
While attacking them in the Commons as if the NDP was still the official opposition.
But now I've changed my mind.
Now I think that Cullen's proposal might be just what we need to make sure that electoral reform becomes a reality.
In a letter to Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, NDP critic Nathan Cullen says the committee studying Canada’s electoral system “should correspond to how Canadians voted in the 2015 federal election.
Cullen proposed a committee with five Liberal MPs, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, and one seat each for the Green Party and Block Québécois. Practically speaking, that would mean the government could not force through any measures without the support of at least one other party.
Because as Cullen says, it would remove the suspicion that the Liberals are trying to tailor the results for their political advantage,
“(If) the Liberals are the only ones standing at the end of the day, supporting a new system, they will be open, I think fairly, to criticism that this is to their advantage and to the disadvantage of others,” Cullen said.
And even more importantly, it could defuse the Con calls for a referendum which they are still frantically pushing...
As only they could.
A Conservative MP in eastern Ontario has mailed flyers to his constituents accusing the Liberals of planning to use electoral reform to "rig" the next election.
"Stop the Liberals from destroying our democracy," read the mailers from Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.
For obvious reasons.
Reid said he's trying to stop a system that would favour the Liberals. He wants a referendum that includes the choice of keeping the status quo. Critics have argued the Conservatives prefer the status quo because it favours them, but Reid rejects the argument. He said he doesn't prefer the first-past-the-post system, but wouldn't reveal his choice for electoral reform.
Because if Cullen's proposal is implemented, and Reid cannot argue that the Liberals are trying to favour themselves, it will pull the carpet from under his feet, and leave him looking like an idiot...
Which of course wouldn't be too hard.
Since only an idiot or a hypocrite could suggest that the Liberals are trying to rig an election.
After the way the Cons and the twisted dwarf Pierre Poilievre tried to rig the last election...
Or the Poutine gang tried to steal the one before it.
And then there's the other reason I like Cullen's proposal.
It would encourage the Liberals and the NDP to work together, which as you know has always been my dream.
And ensure that any electoral reform bill has strong multi-party support.
So it can be the mighty weapon we use to sink the Cons...
For it is a chance of a lifetime.
And the more united we are.
The better we will destroy them...
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