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the disgruntled democrat: Democraphobia Runs Rampant in North America

The fear of democracy has a long history.  Plato was mistrustful of the demos, believing it would be subject to bullies and to tyrants. In England, the storming of the Bastille in France by the sans-culottes during the French Revolution was dismissed as a regrettable manifestation of “mobocracy”. According to Thomas Jefferson, one of the most . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Democraphobia Runs Rampant in North America

Alberta Politics: More Bernard-trutherism: An update on Alberta’s (now ex) Roughneck

PHOTOS: Bernard the (now-ex) Roughneck enjoys some of the acclaim that goes with his newfound prominence here in Wild Rose Country. Photo grabbed from Facebook. Below: Neal Hancock as Bernard during his Parliamentary Press conference two months ago. Below that: A screenshot of Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose at her Edmonton news conference on Thursday. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: More Bernard-trutherism: An update on Alberta’s (now ex) Roughneck

The Canadian Progressive: Electoral Reform Committee Launches Cross-Canada Public Consultation Tour

On Monday September 19, 2016, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform launched its cross-Canada tour to consult Canadians on the best alternative to replace the current anti-democratic first-past-the-post system. The post Electoral Reform Committee … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Electoral Reform Committee Launches Cross-Canada Public Consultation Tour

Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

A reader brought up what he considers a serious weakness in first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting yesterday. It is the assumption that we elect “honourable members’ to our legislatures and the House of Commons and select the same for our Senate. The member we elect with at least a plurality is assumed capable of representing all voters […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Minister Monsef ‘s measure.

How would you like to have a job based on proving your boss is right? It seems the same as Canada’s Fraser Institute that is always commissioning studies designed to prove the Institute’s right-wing theories. Now we have a cabinet minister trying to implement her leader’s campaign promise that Canadians will never again use first-past-the-post […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Minister Monsef ‘s measure.

Bill Longstaff: Why a referendum on electoral reform would be a very bad idea

The need for electoral reform in Canada has never been more stark. We have just endured nine years of government by a political party that over sixty per cent of us opposed. That is simply not democratic. We have an electoral system, but we don’t have … . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why a referendum on electoral reform would be a very bad idea

the disgruntled democrat: In Opening Up the Pandora’s Box of Electoral Reform, Canada Should Look Down Under

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.  (Otto von Bismarck)I never thought that I would see this day come.  We have a newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who stated publically that… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: In Opening Up the Pandora’s Box of Electoral Reform, Canada Should Look Down Under

the disgruntled democrat: In Opening Up the Pandora’s Box of Electoral Reform, Canada Should Look Down Under

Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.  (Otto von Bismarck)

I never though that I would see this day come.  We have a newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who stated publically that this election would be last using the first-past-the-post voting system, which is quite something . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: In Opening Up the Pandora’s Box of Electoral Reform, Canada Should Look Down Under

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: What do the federal election results mean for Edmonton and Alberta?

With the excitement of the 2015 federal election one week behind us, now is a good time to take a look at how the results of the election could impact Edmonton and Alberta. The reality of a majority Liberal government in Ottawa… Continue Reading →

Babel-on-the-Bay: Welcome to FPTP-Central.

It was never of our choosing. First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting was just something we were used to. We never thought we would be an advocate for it. It was more of a coincidence that travelling in Europe over the years, we were interested in how people voted and why they used different systems of voting. And . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Welcome to FPTP-Central.

the disgruntled democrat: Once Again Huge Distortions of the Popular Vote Mire Canadian Election Results

Four years ago I wrote a similar blog about how the voting system distorts the popular vote and produces a government that the people did not vote for.  As is quite often the case with the first-past-the-post method, 40% of the vote prod… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Once Again Huge Distortions of the Popular Vote Mire Canadian Election Results

the disgruntled democrat: Once Again Huge Distortions of the Popular Vote Mire Canadian Election Results

Four years ago I wrote a similar blog about how the voting system distorts the popular vote and produces a government that the people did not vote for.  As is quite often the case with the first-past-the-post method, 40% of the vote produces 60% of the seats in Parliament, thereby giving 100% of the political power . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Once Again Huge Distortions of the Popular Vote Mire Canadian Election Results

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of … . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

OK Canada, you win.  Keep your outdated voting system.  Continue to outsource the nation’s governance function to one person and his inner circle.  Carry on with this democratic farce called the general election.  I’ll have none of it.

I used to believe that it is worth the effort to engage in politics in Canada, . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: The Reason I’m Not Voting In Today’s Election Is That Canada Does A Poor Job Of Protecting Voting Rights

the disgruntled democrat: Hey Canada, Step Into the 21st Century: Stop Outsourcing Governance of the Nation

I get the Empire Loyalist thing.  The way we go about running our society is firmly anchored in our colonial past.  Canada is a proud member of the British Empire.  Well, the world has changed a lot since the demise of our historical progenitor.  The UK is no longer a world power.  It no longer . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Hey Canada, Step Into the 21st Century: Stop Outsourcing Governance of the Nation

the disgruntled democrat: Hey Canada, Step Into the 21st Century: Stop Outsourcing Governance of the Nation

I get the Empire Loyalist thing.  The way we go about running our society is firmly anchored in our colonial past.  Canada is a proud member of the British Empire.  Well, the world has changed a lot since the demise of our histori… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Hey Canada, Step Into the 21st Century: Stop Outsourcing Governance of the Nation

the disgruntled democrat: Canada Embraces Its Watergate Moment And The People Will Decide, Maybe.

We could call the latest scandal in Canadian politics Duffygate, our version of the Watergate scandal that rocked America during the 1970s.  There are of course differences (tape recorded conversations vs. emails) but there are a lot of similarities in the unfolding of the two scandals.  In both instances, an unpopular leader of the country had to . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Canada Embraces Its Watergate Moment And The People Will Decide, Maybe.

the disgruntled democrat: Canada Embraces Its Watergate Moment And The People Will Decide, Maybe.

We could call the latest scandal in Canadian politics Duffygate, our version of the Watergate scandal that rocked America during the 1970s.  There are of course differences (tape recorded conversations vs. emails) but there are a lo… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Canada Embraces Its Watergate Moment And The People Will Decide, Maybe.

Politics Canada: How can we change the electoral system?

Our system is an absolute farce. 38% of the vote gives you 55% of the seats and absolute, unchecked power. Power that is concentrated in the PMO like never before in our history.

When I approach our first past the post (fptp) system I feel the way someone must feel when they have to clean . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: How can we change the electoral system?

Cowichan Conversations: The Greens Could Deliver The Upcoming Election To Steve!

Richard Hughes-Your Humble Blogger

The conundrum of electing our governments based on a ‘First Past the Post’ system has never been as clear as it is today with an October Federal Election just around

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Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Notley should change electoral system following Alberta NDP win…no, seriously

This post by Rafe Mair was originally published in the Common Sense Canadian

 

Rafe Mair

Somehow, the day after it happened, the election of the NDP in Alberta doesn’t seem quite as

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ParliamANT Hill: Electoral reform: Which party would benefit most?

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/electoral-reform-which-party-would-benefit-most-1.2857321 . . . → Read More: ParliamANT Hill: Electoral reform: Which party would benefit most?

ParliamANT Hill: Electoral reform: Which party would benefit most?

Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/electoral-reform-which-party-would-benefit-most-1.2857321

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: “Strategic” Voting Weakens Democracy

“Strategic” voting is a bad idea. Organized “strategic” voting improves nothing. Worse, “strategic” voting creates an illusion of trust where there are no possible checks and balances. It’s a scheme just asking to be gamed. Participants in “strategic” voting schemes will get taken advantage of and lose their voices. The aberration of “strategic” voting results . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: “Strategic” Voting Weakens Democracy

the disgruntled democrat: Congratulations Ontario For Having Successfully Outsourced the Governance Function

Way to go Ontario!  When it comes to thwarting democratic rule in Canada, you continue to lead the way.

Not only did Ontarians peviously vote in a province-wide referendum against the notion of changing the anarchistic voting system (first-past-the-post) that allows a political party to form a majority government with less than 50% of the popular vote, . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Congratulations Ontario For Having Successfully Outsourced the Governance Function