Monday, May 02, 2011

The Problem With Canadian Democracy

60% of Canadians don't want the Conservatives in power, yet Stephen Harper has a majority government. What's wrong with this picture?

And even with the 167 of 308 seats in the House of Commons, 54.2% is not exactly an overwhelming mandate to implement or kill any policies or bills they feel like.

No matter how much Stephen Harper and his band of right-wing Blue Meanies harp on about what Canadians want, or how the people have spoken, there are nearly 34 million Canadians; 24 million of whom are eligible to vote, and of the 15 million who cast their ballots, only 6 million voted Conservative.

Yes, Stephen Harper, the people have spoken and they overwhelmingly rejected you and your party's policies. Yet here we are with a Conservative majority.

In 2008, the Conservatives had 37.6% of the popular vote and 143 seats. In this election they had 39.6% of the popular vote and 167 seats. A 2% increase in votes and a 24 seat gain? That just 'aint right!

This is not even a tyranny of the majority. It's a tyranny of the misguided, greedy and ignorant minority and now the 28 million Canadians who were either ineligible to vote; didn't vote; or voted for someone else, have to suffer the consequences of our seriously flawed electoral system and a Harper pro-corporate, anti-environment regime for at least the next 4 years.

This is not what democracy should look like.

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