Canada’s democracy is in peril under Conservatives
Canadian democracy is going down the tube, as best evidenced by the fact polls show two-thirds of Canadians are progressive, yet we are now being ruled with an iron fist by the Conservatives, who likely stole the election in part through the use of robo-calls.
Our elected representatives do not represent their constituents, but rather vote along party lines, as do non-elected senators. Power in Canada is now concentrated in the Prime Minister’s Office and most national policies and decisions benefit corporations and the one per cent, to the detriment of most Canadians.
Whether it is more prisons, jet fighters and pipelines, gutting of environmental laws or omnibus bills, the undemocratic Conservative government is destroying the Canada we once cherished.
Now it is giving away our sovereignty by signing a treasonous trade deal with China that will allow this thoroughly undemocratic country to sue any level of government that blocks its ability to utilize our resources.
There are solutions possible, but only if we have an electoral system that is fair and ensures each MP is elected with more than 50 per cent of the votes through a run-off election.
To ensure the majority of Canadians are represented by the next federal government, the two major progressive parties will have to co-operate so either one of them, or a coalition of the two, form government in 2015.
To fix the problem of voter apathy, we need to make voting mandatory, as is done in Australia.
More Canadians need to wake up and stand strong to help bring democracy back by opposing the Stephen Harper government’s assault on the environment and our rights and freedoms.