Friday, December 20, 2013

2025: Déjà vu all over again

In the year 2025…

Activist #1: “We need to talk about voting reform. It’s the only way we can stop the Cons from destroying (what’s left of) the country.”

Activist #2: “Jason Kenney has a majority. He’s not going to legislate voting reform. Duh!”

Rewind back to 2013…

Activist #1: “We need to talk about voting reform. It’s the only way we can stop the Cons from destroying the country.”

Activist #2. “Harper has a majority. He’s not going to legislate voting reform. Duh!“

Activist #1: “Obviously. But now’s the time to raise awareness for voting reform to make it a top 2015 election issue.

“If we don’t enact voting reform after Harper is ousted in 2015, the Cons could be back in power for another decade as early as 2017. Then we’ll be having the same conversation in 2025…”

Moral of the story

Voting reform is the most important issue because it affects everything.

Our undemocratic voting system gives the united Conservative party a huge unearned advantage. Vote splitting lets Cons win dozens of center-left ridings. This allows a 30% minority of radical cons — who control the Conservative party — to rule the country despite the vast majority of Canadians being opposed to them.

If we fix the voting system — when we get the chance in 2015 — we will get government that represents the will of Canadians — forever. No more neo-con wrecking-ball dictatorships.

RBV FTW

Ranked ballot voting is the safest reform. It’s a small change (and first step) that can be legislated without a referendum — which is what Justin Trudeau proposes. If we had it in 2011, Harper would already be gone.

Now's the perfect time to get to work on voting reform.

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