BAD & SOFT
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
H. L. Mencken
Canadians got it Bad and Soft the other day. Our Federal Election is over and Three Hundred-Frickin-Million Dollar$ later, our Parliament looks pretty much the same as it did.
A paltry 59% 0f the 24 Million eligible voters managed to drag their sorry carcass to the polls. That means that almost half (41%) of the Population DID NOT VOTE!
The Right of Centre and never wrong Party, the Conservatives, ended up with 143 seats (up 19) @ 37.6% of the vote and will form another Minority Government.
Oh Joy, Oh Rapture.
The lacklustre Liberals managed to attain 76 seats (down 27) @ 26.2%
The traitorous Quebec Blocheads stole 50 seats (lost 1) @ 10%
The slightly Left of Left NDP now have 37 seats (gained 8) @18.2%
There will be 2 'Independent' malcontents (up 1) @ .05%
And the Enronmentaly challenging Greens didn't get any seats, even though almost one million ballots were cast in their favour (6.8% of the Popular Vote).
Our system is fercockt.
This archaic first-past-the-post plurality system SUCKS!
Had we upgraded to a PROPORTIONAL form of REPRESENTATION, where one vote, YOUR VOTE, actually matters and everybody is counted, Parliament would have looked like this;
Conservatives would have got 116 seats not 143,
Liberals 81 not 76,
NDP 57 not 37,
Traitorous Bloc 30 not 50,
and the Greens would have 23 seats!,
the Malcontents, the proverbial 'Others', would have to fight over the last musical chair.
A much more defined and equitable snapshot of our political landscape EH?
Someone summed it up quite simply, "In a room of 10 Canadians; 4 would be Tories, 3 Liberals, 2 NDPers and 1 Bloc supporter".
Someday, if the LEFT OF CENTRE wonks could ever get their 'Peeps' to join forces and quit splintering the moderate progressive vote, the Never Wrong-Always Right, Conservatives would be an exiled minority until the End Of Days!
I am a Member of FAIR VOTE CANADA and sincerely hope that Proportional Representation can become a reality..hopefully by the time my 7 year old turns 18.
The UK, USA, and INDIA need to re-screw their heads too.
We need to either fix our political process,
or beg Her Majesty to mercifully reinstate our Colonial status...
at her leisure
(goes without saying eh?)
..perhaps Tuesday next?