OUR QUAINT FIRST-PAST-THE-POST SYSTEM is the major cause of Canada’s democratic deficit, and fixing it will help address other gaps and distortions--on social justice, climate change and the environment.
We are at an impasse in federal politics: a majority Conservative government, rejected by 60.4% of Canadian voters, is pushing through its far-right agenda, measures it could not impose during its two previous minority governments.
People who belong to a political party are encouraged to raise the issues of climate change, electoral alliance and proportional representation in their own party. The list below was circulated earlier in 2012 to candidates for the NDP leadership. A list for Liberals is being prepared.
THE POLITICAL IMPASSE IN FEDERAL POLITICS IS OBVIOUS: a majority Conservative government that 60% (actually 60.4%) of Canadians voted against. It’s the Conservatives’ third victory with under 40% of the popular vote. They are cocky now, with control of the Senate, as well, moving on measures...