Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Calm Down, Cheer Up, Dump First-Past-Post

Sweet moderation - heart of this nation -desert us not, we are between the wars.

Less than one-quarter of us – 5.4 million of 22.8 million registered Canadian voters - marked an X beside the name of a Conservative candidate yesterday.

The only reason the Conservatives managed to do even that well was by hiding their truly right-wing candidates and policies, and by campaigning almost solely on the argument that they were the choice for moderation and honesty.

Roughly two-thirds of Canada’s voters chose parties of the centre-left. Even among the Conservative candidates there were many wrong-but-reasonable old-school Tories (they’re not all radical-right ravers).

Rick Barnes gets it. So does Dirk Buchholz.

We desperately need some form of proportional representation in this country. I’ve been bitching about this for ages.

After the 2004 election, NDP leader Jack Layton vowed to support the minority Liberal government we elected back then if Paul Martin would agree to hold a national referendum on proportional representation. Martin said he was open to the idea. “Our voting system is broken," Layton said back then, pledging to put his shoulder to the wheel of “a rebirth of our democracy."

What ever happened to that promise?


Blogger JenVirtual said...

Great column Terry.
There were more than a few people through my polling station on Monday that expressed interest in pro rep.

Hack Layton might be forgiven for precipitating the last election, making the NDP handmaidens to the neo-cons, and for all the lies he told during the campaign, if he does lead the push and get results for pro rep.

I don't think he has a chance. Hack Layton plays the old game as much as the others. I don't think he understands governance well enough to be that guy.

His wife is the brains int he family. That's the real reason he went for an election. NDP couldn't afford his full time long distance open phone line to Toronto to Olivia Chow.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Matthew Good said...

Time for Caracas Terry!

9:30 PM  

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