If you think of Canada’s democracy as a living organism, right now we’re suffering from cancer. RoboCon is a growing problem, and the electoral fraud will multiply further as punishments are avoided by the guilty cells.
If this society were an organism, it would be one with an immune system weakened by lack of pathogen exposure. Crisis, like the unprecedented theft of an election, is an invader. There are three general outcomes. The invader kills the organism. The organism defeats the invader and the immune system is strengthened. Or the organism adapts and become a permanent host to the infection.
Citizen McMaher connects a few more dots for us. The RoboCancer has spread to other systems. Did you wonder why there was a strange fascination held by Canada’s New Government with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812? Could it be because the more government taxpayer money sent off to commemorate the event, the more Conservative call centres are given millions of dollars to help promote such events?
Our immune system is broken. We promise punishment in our Elections Act whenever someone suppresses the ability of a Canadian to vote, but ten months after RoboCon, and 4 years after S-GI’s NDP robocalls in 2008 there’ve been exactly 0 charges laid. There should be millions of dollars in fines waiting for the guilty party. RoboCon is HIV for our electoral system.
It wasn’t a very resilient system in the first place. First Past The Post welcomes small percentage changes in the popular vote, when it comes to making big changes in government seat counts. A proportional system, and/or one where every citizen must vote, would help insulate us against this particular threat of bad values pairing with advanced technology.
Also consider our feeble “checks and balances” to the power of the PMO. The Canadian political system is not prepared for the event of a disreputable Prime Minister with a majority of loyally whipped MPs. The PM appoints the following people who could put a check on his power:
- Governor General *At the behest of the monarch
- Supreme Court Judges
- RCMP Commissioner
- Chief Electoral Officer
- Your Mom – (are you paying attention?)
Only the Government is allowed to secretly monitor Internet activity and respond to what they disagree with. (As Conservative troll RedJefff humourously points out, the monitoring isn’t “secret”… because we know about it now.)
Remember that PM now stands for Paranoid Minister Stephen Harper.