Thursday, May 12, 2016
Electoral Reform and The Final Destruction of the Cons
It's been almost seven months since Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime came crashing down.
And I'm still celebrating that happy day.
But I've also been patiently waiting for another great day.
The day we start the process that will make sure that the Harper Party never returns to power.
And this monstrous nightmare never happens again.
So I'm glad to see that day has finally arrived.
Having promised that the last federal campaign will be the last one conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system, the Liberal government is proposing that a special committee study the alternatives and report back to the House of Commons by Dec.1.
And that as the Liberal minister Maryam Monsef said, we can finally replace our outdated first-past-the post system with something better.
"Our electoral system must ensure governments appeal beyond a narrow base of Canadians and encourage the building of a national consensus," Monsef said. "We need to move beyond a system that pits neighbour against neighbour. Elections should unite Canadians and not appeal to narrow constituencies."
One that better reflects this country and its values.
And will prevent the Cons from playing their ghastly wedge politics, and turning one group of Canadians against the other, for crass political advantage.
As the depraved Harper did over and over again...
And while I see the opposition parties are complaining about the make-up of the committee.
The committee would consist of 10 voting members: six Liberals, three Conservatives and one New Democrat. One Bloc Québécois MP and Green MP Elizabeth May would be members of the committee, but not allowed to vote.
And I don't understand why someone like Elizabeth May isn't going to be allowed to vote.
It doesn't really bother me because all Canadians are going to have a chance to participate in the process.
The committee would invite every MP to conduct a forum on electoral reform in his or her riding and file a report on the discussion by Oct. 1. And the committee itself would conduct a "national engagement process," including written and online submissions.
And if it's clear that most Canadians favour a certain option, the government will have no choice but to go with the flow.
As for me, I presently favour proportional representation, because I think it's the fairest system. And because it will force the parties to call upon our lost genius for compromise, which was of course how we built this country. And what made us such great peacemakers.
But I'll wait to hear all the arguments for and against all systems before I make my decision.
And the only thing that really concerns me is that the Cons not get a chance to sway public opinion in favour of a referendum, which they are so desperately demanding.
And I mean desperately...
Because they know that referendums almost always end up favouring the status quo.
And only that can save them.
And they will have the Con media on their side beating the drum for a referendum as well.
While conveniently forgetting that when Harper and his foul stooge Pierre Poilievre introduced the foul so-called Fair Elections Act, to favour themselves by jimmying the system...
They didn't hold a referendum either. Or apologize for the time they tried to steal an election.
So we should not forget that and show them no mercy.
This our great opportunity. Our reward for having had to endure almost ten years of the worst and most monstrous government in Canadian history.
So let's do what we must.
And bury the Harper Party forever...
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