Maclean's author Paul Wells won a political-writing prize for his book on Stephen Harper, The longer I'm Prime Minister.
As a person who likes to curl up with an e-book on my Android tablet, I can say this is a book I have absolutely no interest in experiencing. It's painful enough having to read about Harper every day in the online media.
Story of Canada
Maclean's ran a story with Wells' acceptance speech titled with an excerpt, ‘Each of us writes the story of Canada every day’.
That got me thinking: how many Canadians are enamored with the Stephen Harper story we get to hear about every day in the news? I imagine not many. After 8 long years, polls suggest Canadians are sick of Harper and his disgusting story.
If Canada was a real democracy, like most developed countries, the Stephen Harper story is one that may never have been inflicted on Canadians.
Story of democracy
Democracy means rule by the people. Since people can't agree on everything, matters are decided by a majority vote. That means government is supposed to represent an actual majority of voters.
But in Canada (and the UK) we indulge in the bizarre practice of doling out 4-year dictatorships to minority parties.
In the rest of the developed world, however, multi-party coalition governments are the norm. The party with the biggest block of voters means nothing since parties arbitrarily divide the political spectrum.
Unlikely Harper coalition
Given Harper's US-Republican vision of Canada, it's unlikely he would've been able to put together a coalition in 2006 on 36% of the vote.
Even when Harper got 40% of the vote in 2011, he would've been ousted by an NDP-Liberal coalition if we had a democratic voting system.
So if Canada was a real democracy, odds are Harper never would've came to power.
In order to save ourselves and future generations from experiencing another wretched Stephen Harper story, we must embrace the story of democracy.