Thursday, January 09, 2014
Why I've Come to Back Proportional Representation.
I now support proportional representation because of the havoc "first past the post" has wrought on the Liberals and New Democrats since Harper came to power.
Harper has very shrewdly managed to redefine the target that our political parties must aim for if they want power - and they do, do they ever. He moved the target well to the right and knocked the opposition parties straight off their perches. The Liberals shamelessly transformed into Conservative-Lites. The New Democrats jumped at the chance to become Latter Day Liberals. The Canadian Left was abandoned as first Layton, then Mulcair, pursued the slimmest chance to finally gain power even at the expense of ditching principle.
Surely proportional representation increases the importance for standing for something, for presenting ideas and ideals to the public, giving the voters a clear yet broad choice. It is the antidote to the grey-suited technocrats that have come to dominate our Parliament. These people have no answers. How can they when they're afraid to acknowledge the issues that trouble, even threaten us.
I won't vote for a party that cannot present a coherent policy to tackle inequality in all its forms - income, wealth and opportunity. I won't vote for a party that will not address our grave and deepening democratic deficit including the loss of a free press in Canada. I won't vote for a party that has no plans for restoring Canada to leadership on the world stage as an honest broker on peace and the environment.
The yoke that is "first past the post" is plainly too heavy for the Liberals and New Democrats to bear.