Democracy is eroded in Canada. The media shows glimmers of understanding the threat to democracy, but then let up and treat everything as normal, so Canadians calm down and go about their daily chores pleased to kick a reckoning down the road.
If a scandal on F-35 scale – total failure of ministerial oversight, costs understated by 2/3, etc etc – is not grounds for resignation…—
Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) December 07, 2012
The book proposes a solution. Canada should follow the lead of its sister Commonwealth countries Britain, Australia and New Zealand and codify the principles of parliamentary democracy to ensure the players — voters and politicians — understand the playbook and stay within the rules.
“The other systems have rules about prorogation and dissolution, especially dissolution,” said Turnbull. “And a lot of other systems don’t use prorogation at all. They just have a parliamentary calendar.” Unlike prorogation and dissolution, a parliamentary calendar levels the playing field, binding government and opposition equally.
The current occupant of 24 Sussex has unleashed a torrent of deliberate misinformation about the tenets of parliamentary democracy in his amazingly successful drive to further confuse Canadians about the manner and traditions of their form of government.
Canadians don’t elect a government or a prime minister. They elect a Parliament. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper has described the parties who form Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition as “losers”.
Misinformation has been flowing from the Conservatives’ senior ministers since at least 2008, as you can see here:
More recently you can watch a senior minister being schooled by a PMO lackey on how to lie on camera. The media points out the deception, but will go on to invite the lying scum onto the program again as if it didn’t happen.
As a result we get legislation that is a long way off from what people want or even expect (Remember “Made in Canada”?). It certainly isn’t what the governing party promised during their election campaigns. The token changes to GST, and tax credits may fool a few thousand, but the bigger issues that remove power from the Canadian electorate and Members of Parliament go unnoticed by people too busy and uneducated to recognize or respond to the threats to their country and their peace.
It has some fine Canadians vowing to be Idle No More.