Monday, June 06, 2016
Why Are the Cons Demanding an Illegal Referendum?
As you know I have been attacking Rona Ambrose and her Cons for trying to sabotage plans to introduce electoral reform.
By demanding a referendum which they know would almost certainly ensure that those plans would be dead on arrival.
With the help of their friends in the Con media...
Which couldn't be more desperate.
Or for that matter more disgusting
For this is how Michelle Rempel feels about the deal the Liberals made with the NDP to make the process fairer, by surrendering their majority on the committee studying electoral reform
Which couldn't be more appalling in both tone and content.
Considering the fact that a coalition is a legitimate part of a Parliamentary democracy. Gilles Duceppe and his Bloc were not part of that agreement to form a coalition government in 2008, no matter what that photo might suggest.
They only agreed to support the proposed Liberal-NDP government on confidence motions.
And the real attempt to stifle democracy came a few days later when Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament...
To avoid a motion of non confidence, for having introduced a monstrous budget aimed at destroying the other parties.
And the Con's desperate campaign for a referendum is yet another attempt to bend the rules.
The opposition Conservatives have been calling loudly for a referendum on electoral reform, but Canada’s former chief electoral officer says they had better take a closer look at the rules.
“You can only hold a federal referendum in Canada on a constitutional matter. And changing the electoral system is not a constitutional matter,” Jean-Pierre Kingsley told the West Block’s Tom Clark.
For crass political purposes.
For let's not forget that Stephen Harper never bothered to call a referendum when he changed the elections act...
To try to suppress the vote, and stifle our democracy.
And I never heard Rempel complain about that.
And that's without even mentioning that referendums are incredibly divisive, very expensive, and with big money involved can be used to cloud rather than clarify the issue. Which would almost certainly result in the preservation of the status quo.
When it can all be better handled with an extensive consultation process, and an appeal to Canadians to get involved in discussions that can help shape the final choice.
But then the real problem is that the Cons also don't seem to understand that we already had a referendum. The last election, where electoral reform was a campaign promise.
And they can't seem to accept that they LOST.
For how else can we interpret this absurd claim by Joe Oliver that the Cons left Canada in an immaculate condition?
When in fact they left the country in a disgusting state...
And its democracy on life support.
And as the respected Jean-Pierre Kingsley says, and so do I, the real challenge is to educate Canadians about the need to change the way we vote.
“I think that Canadians have to be educated, have to take the time to be educated, what are the different systems and what will they get us?” he told Clark.
For as I have also said, that won't be easy...
Not with the Con media ranged against us.
But if or when we do manage to convince Canadians about the need for electoral reform, they too will understand why we don't need a referendum
And we can do what must be done.
And finally send those ghastly Cons to the garbage dump where they belong...
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