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English: Pic for WikiProject Political parties and politicians in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is our system corrupt? I would say no, but to appease some I know, we are not as corrupt as some nations. Yet out system still tends to lend itself to pork barrel politicking, patronage appointing, platinum handshakes, and she/he that can raise the most capital should win…

So what to do? (and note all these may involve re-opening the Constitution Act 1982, which can be tedious, but if done, we can then insert the Social Rights Charter so there is a win-win).

1) When it comes to hiring heads of government boards/agencies, what about a servant model where a hiring/search committee is struck using a representative from each level of the organization.

2) Abolish Party Leaders, I know heart palpitations, yes there can be a leader, but the idea being that the leader/president/chair of the party is not necessarily the one who becomes PM (for provinces/territories read Premier), once all the MP’s (for province’s territories read the local equivalent) are elected in the House of Commons, the party that forms the Government, their caucus elects the PM from a short list submitted by the opposition parties, and then the leader of “Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition” is chosen from all opposition MP’s by a short list provided by the Government caucus. This provides a fostering of cooperation, but at the same time empowers the independent candidate in the campaign because they quite frankly could wind up in a key position. The role of deputy PM (again provincisal equivalent as well) is chosen much like the speaker, by ballot of all members of who would be the best regardless of partisanship.

3) Governor General/Lieutenant Governor still remains an appointment, yet online polls/phone polls (Empower Elections Canada/provincial levels to conduct this) are used by each party to create a short list of 3, these names are then put forward to elected members, where the 3 come into share their vision, and understanding of the role, then there is a vote.

4) The Senate…quite a temperamental hot seat. Yes it can just be abolished, but that is not a healthy solution for parliament does need a check, right now it is hard to show this to the public because they are appointees so the government in power  could stack the deck for the next in coming government, which just creates partisanship which isn’t healthy for this chamber. It could go elected, but we just need to look South of the Border for the canundrum that can create. Yet there is an elephant in the room. We have the atrocity of the Indian Act (which really needs to be abolished and replaced with the Kelowna Accord at the very least), we have colonized and desecrated a people. We make a show of reconciliation and apologies, but stop short of full inclusion to bring the nations together much like we have done with Quebec and the rest of Canada. What if, we removed the senate as now, and empowered the Indiginous/Metis/Inuit Canadians that there locally elected chiefs are the make up of the senate, with a proper budget to cast committees made up of the most prominent experts in Canada to define the needs of Canadians and how to do it. That they are also empowered as the second vote before Crown ascent to bills, so the bills must take into account all Canadians and care for our lands and people?

5) Electoral reform, there are many systems out there. The hardest thing though is getting the electorate out to multiple ballots. I propose a simple ranked ballot where the elector must make a 1/2 choice, this forces the voter to seek out information on candidates and parties outside of their own purvey (a fun thing would say that the indivdiual must campaign without their party colours or label, but that may be pushing it).

6) What about the 60% less of the vote? Simple, we need to have 80% of eligible voters vote in any election/byelection, amend the Elections Act that if this number is not reached in any riding then that riding’s seat is vacant. For the voters that did not exercise their Franchise a $300 fine is issued.

7) To quell it being a money machine: we have a public broadcaster, it is time to use it to educate the public (these rules hold for Civic, School Board, Provincial and Federal).

  • The CBC needs to become the election hub.
  • $8000 cap on local campaign spending
  • No buying of television ads (each candidate will be given 15 second spot to be used by that candidate and aired in their area on the CBC during the campaign, and posted to the CBC website).
  • 2 debates ran and recorded by the CBC for their radio/television for each riding, the challenge is simple, if you do not make the debates barring unforseen circumstances (death of close family/hospitalization) your name will not appear on the ballot on election day. One debate held in the first week of the campaign, the second in the 3rd week. The recordings put up on the CBC website so that any media source or voter can find what their candidate stands for.
  • Outlawing of Lawn signs, the candidate must campaign using more environmentally friendly methods ala bus signage, billboards, door knocking, vehicles with signage, however they wish to spend their $8000 maximum.
  • You can only donate to your local candidates
  • An individual’s donation cannot exceed $350
  • If the individual is not eligible to vote in the local contest they can not donate.

8) Fixed Election dates:

  • For every Canadian Election (Civic, School Board, Provincial, Federal)
  • All E-Days are to be on, May 15 or the closest Monday to the date.
  • One day the voter needs to turn up and be handed their ballots.

9) School Boards:

Simply put, abolish them as elected. Combine all schools receiving public monies under One public school board for the province or territory. Allow freedom that if population in an area warrants it (by petition of the parents stating they would send their children) that a charter school can be granted on religious, or other cultural grounds and be publically supported. But let’s be honest, religious educations should happen in the home, and within the religious communities so I would hope this caveat could be eliminated.

For proper efficiency to the school system (which yes I know this should be another post, but with electoral reform it just flowed) all private schools should be banned and brought under the public fold to allow for most maximization of resources.

This is just a quick thought list off the top of my head, some things I have worked within other parties on, but it is a unique thing to contemplate what could be a good system for us now.

What are your thoughts? Any articles you would like to share for the readers of this site? Feel free.

Ancient silver coin from Cyrene depicting a st...

Ancient silver coin from Cyrene depicting a stalk of Silphium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay a new week, and a new motion from a CONs back bencher. At first blush it appears different than the “when life begins” motion that even the Prime Minister voted against (even if 10 of his cabinet and half his caucus did not).

Now, another CONs backbencher has tabled a motion that at first glance seems a no brainer in the world of the abortion debate… simply put that an abortion of an unborn child (fetus/zygote, insert your own term here) shalt not be performed based on the fact that Mummy/Daddy to-be dislike the gender of the child. Read full article here.

Makes sense right? Yet it opens up the rights of all involved about choice. Is abortion good? No.  The reasons an abortion are chosen are many fold: rape, incest, economic, familial, gender, birth control, disability, disease, mother and/or child health, etc (and yes, these same reasons for someone else may actually empower the family to keep the child. This is not an easy black and white equation)… when one chooses to go down this path we do not know what the reasons are, they are in the family’s heart and soul. The purpose of publicly funded and available abortions through health care is not why this path has been chosen.

The rationale is simple, it is a devastating choice for all invovled, but it is more devastating when the abortion is performed in unlicensed clinics, or aborted through ingestions of poison, or the abuse of others/self. These methodologies more often than not lead to the death of the mother as well, so then two lives are lost. It is about reducing of harm to the mother, and hopefully the child. When done properly also includes before and after counselling and reconciliation work.

So this brings us to this motion? Is it good? At first blush, yes it is and quite common sense. But sadly it crosses the line of harm reduction for  these procedures and as such is a motion that needs to be voted down.

Will there ever be a time I would come out in support of the ending of publicly funded abortions? Possibly, but then the living Body of Christ would need to have built a world where every child conceived is not only wanted, but loved, and able to live a fruitful life free of abuse.


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MPs vote to repeal hate-speech sections of human-rights act.

Once again Alberta politicians prove our ignorance in regards to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, moving this private member bill through a majority government by the Conservatives saying that not being able to communicate hate via telephone and internet impunes our guaranteed Freedom of Speech in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms…uhm…We do not have Freedom of Speech in Canada, we have Freedom of Expression in Canada, and what this stipulation in the Human Rights Act was enforcing was that right, here is the repealed section:

Charter of Rights and Freedoms here:

Here are our fundamental freedoms:

Fundamental freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;

(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

(d) freedom of association.

Taking a basic Grade 11 law class in Public School will help one understand these.

This is not going to be a rant about what we as Canadians need to be a healthy society, we all know that, we know about the lack of affordability, we know of the lack of childcare, healthcare, education, etc etc etc.

This isn’t going to be a singing endorsement of any one political leader, any regular readers know what my thoughts are on the current crop of leaders (we have managers running, not leaders).

This isn’t going to be a comparison of the 17 national parties and their policies, or going through the 308 ridings pointing out which candidates are actually running for parliament, and which are letting their name stand on the ballot so their party can reap teh $1.75 a vote.

No all that has been said, go to find your candidates, google them, see who has actually been active. Read their party’s stances. If one or two resonate with you, call them, see who would have the “cahonas” to break party ranks to vote for what is best for their constituents.

All I have left to say, is simply this, on Monday May 2, 2011 go to your local polling station, and mark the “X” beside the individual you believe will be the best to represent your and your communities beliefs.