Thursday, January 7, 2010

Canada needs FDR. Canadians need a New Deal

Canada needs FDR.

Not that FDR, but rather Fundamental Democratic Reform.

But like FDR brought to Americans, Canadians need a New Deal, a new deal for democracy

However, don't expect the politicians to be that agent of change. We have to be that agent of change. This Facebook Group, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament is an important first step, but only a first step.

The ability of the Prime Minister to prorogue Canada's Parliament on whim, when it is to his sole advantage, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the severe erosion of democracy in Canada. Just having a new occupant in the PM's office will change little, if anything. We need a permanent change and a change in the system across the board. We need to adopt the "best practices" of democracy from around the world and enshrine them into Canada's nascent and easily abused democracy to make it work for all, and not just a few.

We need someone with the conviction, vision and courage of a Tommy Douglas to rally against the entrenched special interests that have grabbed a hold of this country and put these special interests at arms length and restore Canada's democracy for those whom it ostensibly represents, the people of Canada and the interests of all Canadians, and not simply CEO X who has PM Y in his pocket, such that Canada continues to be run by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) from one election to the next, such that the only thing that changes is the current occupant of 24 Sussex and the colour of the drapes in the master bedroom.

We aren't simply interested in rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but finding a ship of state that is less prone to talking on water in the first place. Canada's ship of state needs to be redesigned and refitted through the process of Fundamental Democratic Reform.

1 comment:

Dr Mike said...

Canadian`s Against Proroguing Parliament now at 81,907 & counting.

I love it.

Dr Mike