To say I am “miffed” is putting it lightly to say the very least. Sure, I joined 41% of Canadians who decided that it was best to stay away from the voting booth, and like most of them, this election proved once again, that the election was an unnecessary expenditure of $300 million! You have 300 million reasons why it was stupid to have another election to re-elect the Calgary Cowboy Harper to another minority.
Canadians elected the minority government for a reason. Canadians do not trust their futures to parties that like a free reign with a partisan agenda. Canadians want some kind of accountability by the people they elect to office. Canadians want to see transparency and accountability, in the same fashion that we are held to account in our everyday working lives. For too long our politicians have had a free ride, and as long as they follow the party line, and not the wishes of their constituents, then they are safe until there is another election. That is four years without a “job review!” Sweet. Imagine a job like that one!
I would love to see some kind of electoral reform that includes the ability for review and recall, as well as changes to how the House of Commons does daily business, where ordinary MPs have more clout than just echoing and sanctioning what their party leaders tell them to do. Enough already! We have a real democratic deficit, and politics as they are currently conducted no longer work. Not that they ever did! It has been the same old parties running the show, and getting away with it since 1867! Time to modernize! Time to catch up to the new millennium!
Proportional representation, is desperately needed, as well as those things already mentioned. Of the twenty-two people I polled, only ONE voted (I believe them when they tell me they did not vote). The one who voted, did so at the urging of his girlfriend. The others stated the following reasons.
- They did not like any of the leaders of the major parties.
- There were not enough choices.
- They did not like the platforms of the parties.
- They liked a local candidate, but not the party he belonged to.
- They liked a party, but not their local candidate.
- They see nothing noble with the notion of voting, as a vote means nothing about democracy as all a vote does is sanction a candidate. After the vote, there is little to nothing for an individual to do in the democratic process.
- The system is flawed and out of date. One past the post is archaic and needs to change.
- The democratic deficit also needs to empower MPs to not be held hostage to the party leader or bound to the party ideology.
I for one was sick to my stomach by the results, and I know full well that my “voting” would have done nothing to change the results, or address the democratic deficit!
This morning we have the largest proportion of non voters who determined that the election was not worth the cost, and nor was it worth participating in the process. How will the parties change the system, the electoral process, and the daily affairs of Parliament in order to restore faith in the political system? Will the Liberals, who have had their worst showing in history, actually do something about changing the system, calling for proportional representation?
Will they do something more effective than that done by their Provincial conterparts in Ontario, that put a vote for proportional representation on the docket, but did not educate the public as to the nature of it, or how it could change and make democracy more effective? If you want change, the public needs to be educated at least over a year long process as to the nature of the change and how it will be implemented and used to make our lives better. This was not done when Ontarians faced the issue.
If the Feds want to bring change it will take the will of one of the major parties to do so. Until that kind of leadership comes forth, we are bound to see more and more of the same ineffective minority governments, with the only change coming in the form of which party actually heads the minority government. Until there is substantial change, the numbers of non voters is going to increase. And apathy has nothing to do with it! It is the pent up frustration of a system that no longer works and no longer represents the will of the people!