Sunday, September 8, 2013

Right-of-center forever

Thanks to our corrupt voting system, First-Past-the-Post, Canadians have been burdened with 30 years of tough Tory times. If we don’t do something about it, we’ll get saddled with 30 more.

Spirit of Mulroney

In 1993, Canadians were sick of Brian Mulroney and voted for change.

Brian Mulroney forever: tougher to get rid of than a New York cockroach…

The Liberals came to power on big promises. Unfortunately they discarded most of them and became the Brian Mulroney party — bringing in spending cuts and corporate tax cuts Mulroney could only dream of.

Broken pendulum

In 2006, the pendulum swung from right-of-center to … uh … further right. That meant even bigger spending cuts and even greater corporate tax cuts. (Aren’t you grateful for all the “jobs” these tax cuts created?)

Hope, Change, More of the same…

Now with a united Conservative party, the Liberals have to win over moderate conservatives to split the right-wing vote and prevent another Con majority. That means we’re doomed to yet another era of right-of-center government.

WTF?

Fact is Canadians are no more conservative now then we were in the centrist post-war era. So what in the hell happened?

The ill-effects of our primitive voting system happened. Absolute corrupt power ended up in the hands of a few people who couldn’t care less what Canadians thought or wanted.

This is not the way a democracy is supposed to work.

Voting reform or bust

Electoral reform is the only way to get real democracy. Proportional Representation is the ideal reform to get government by Canadians, for Canadians. But unless the NDP forms the government in 2015, it’s not going to happen.

PV ranked ballot, however, has a better chance at success. It, too, will stop the endless parade of right-wing government. Instead of a minority of cons calling all the shots, the center-left majority will finally have a say.

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