A very interesting article that echo’s the Canadian Values Party and how we feel our Gov’t should be run and I challenge everyone reading this to point out all the things going wrong in Ottawa listed in this article. I guaranty that all the items you point out, we are already aware of and plan to change if Canadians give us their vote in the next election.
There’s a sickness deep in the DNA of Canadian democracy. Does Prime Minister Trudeau want to cure it?
It’s a sickness that, over ten years, mutated Stephen Harper from Accountability Act reformer to Barbaric Cultural Practices demagogue.
It’s a sickness of too much power for the Prime Minister. Too little for Canadians.
In the last two elections, the PM has taken 100% per cent of the power by earning just 39% of vote.
With that power, a prime minister can shut down debate. Ram through bills. Direct government MPs like little soldiers. Treat opposition MPs with disdain and arrogance.
It’s not just that the DNA of our electoral system creates false majorities. The DNA of our Parliamentary system gives excessive power to a majority PM. Both need gene therapy.
Last week Trudeau used his majority to end the assisted dying debate on Bill C-14. A week before, he shut down debate on Bill C-10, to allow Air Canada to move 2600 skilled maintenance jobs off-shore.
It’s not because he needs to rush debate – his government has introduced only 15 bills, far fewer than at the six month mark of the last Parliament. And many are routine money supply, repeals, Supreme Court issues, or reintroduction of bills not passed before the last election.
There’s no ambitious legislative agenda – to fix Bill C-51, strengthen pensions or mandate carbon reduction.
No, it’s the same rush as always – to adjourn Parliament early and run from the scrutiny of the opposition and media. That’s the genetic deep code that drives majority governments.
And until it changes, Canadians will never have a progressive country. Because our government won’t be accountable to Canadians.
In the Commons last week the government was asked about a promise to reduce small business taxes. The response rambled on, never once veering close to an answer. A Minister, when asked – yes or no – if there’ll be a referendum on a new voting system had many words – robust! open! consultation! – but no answer. Where’s Cabinet accountability to the Commons?
The Senate continues to be unaccountable. Yes, the PM now indirectly appoints Senators. And yes, some Senators are now independent (though, bizarrely, an independent Senator is now the PM’s Senate whip). But the Senate’s DNA hasn’t changed. People with no democratic mandate still vote on laws governing – supposedly – free people.
The therapy for this sick DNA would inhibit powers of the prime minister and Senate. And augment powers of Canadian voters and the Commons. The healthy DNA of a strong democracy would drive MPs and parties to listen and speak with Canadians in their town and cities. It would empower them to re-establish responsible government.
The electoral system that creates false majorities has to end. But the ballot ranking idea that would count second-choices is a non-starter. It would create more false majorities, starting at even lower levels of vote support.
Critically, the power of the PM over the Commons needs to be reformed. Commons committees should be respected and resourced. They need more time in Canadians’ towns and cities. Their findings and recommendations should have a strong effect on Cabinet. Their amendment debates should be real.
A strong democracy isn’t a luxury. It’s a fundamental shift to secure our direction in history. The pieces to building a strong democracy are many. Trudeau needs to start putting some in place now.