Every now and then someone will come up with a really fresh idea that simply grabs the imagination and won't let go.
Someone just like Danneau who, in a comment to the previous post, wrote this:
Disband both Libs and Cons, caution Dippers, then relaunch elections restricting anyone from previous admins from holding office. They had the chance and screwed the pooch.Since Confederation one of these two gangs has had the reins of power. One gets power for two to three terms then it's the other outfit's turn to reign for two to three terms. That rotation works to their mutual advantage and to our perpetual disadvantage.
Two to three terms in power is about all the public can stand of these legislative hooligans, blackguards and general reprobates. We get to the point where we can no longer stomach the sound of their voices or the look of their faces. That's when they get to trade places. The new bunch comes in, essentially holding the place for the last bunch until it's their turn to rotate again.
There is this thing called "institutional memory." It's a body of collective knowledge that is passed along from old hand to newbie. "That's the way it's done because that's the way we've always done it." There's a lot of value in that - consistency, predictability, etc. - but might that be a double edged sword? Are old solutions an impediment to the thinking needed to respond to new and unfamiliar challenges?
The Trudeau government has been in power since 2015. They took Ottawa by storm, arriving with a load of fresh faces and new ideas. Then they wasted little time turning old and weary, governing as though Canada was still in the 80s. Neoliberalism, petro-state energy policy, the pursuit of perpetual, exponential growth - barely paying lip service to the crises of the day.
What do you think the vote count would be if this October's ballot listed Conservative, Liberal, New Democrat or "none of the above"?
I think Danneau is onto something. It's time to give federal politics a "purge" (that's not the word I was going to use). No more old men masquerading as young blood. No more inherited institutional loyalties to accountancies (KPMG/Isle of Man), construction contractors (SNC-Lavalin), energy giants, or the corporate media cartel, relationships that can obscure or defeat the public interest.
I think it's time for fresh thinking. What do you think?