[Essentially Canada badly needs electoral reform, and my head is full of nifty ideas on how to fix things. Since politics isn’t going to go away (unfortunately) and the issues only dominate my life sporadically– after all, I’m not a politician, only a citizen– I’ve decided to blog my “how to fix Canada” musings in this
“If I ran the Zoo er Country…” series.]
A friend of mine once told me about an alternate universe story where it was perfectly legal to shoot politicians for cause. Sorry, I can’t remember the name of it, and I never did manage to read it, but it was one of those crystalline ideas that lodge in one’s brain as a “good idea”. After all a system like that might elicit better behaviour from our elected representatives.
Alright, I admit it, I wouldn’t actually go that far, but for sure our elected representatives need to start being accountable. Now, I know this may sound pretty extreme, especially if you are a politician. Maybe lying should be just a misdemeanor, at least until they start getting into double digits.
But really, what are politicians selling us? Their words. We elect them – hire them – because of what they say. If what they say is a lie, that’s at the very least false advertising.
If a car manufacturer sells us a faulty piece of equipment Canadians have legal recourse.
Or if we buy any product based on false claims we have legal remedies.
Yet when politicians lie to us we’re supposed to suck it up and get over it. But if a politician lies to the citizens, it is nothing less than fraud. But they make the laws.
It’s high time we started insisting that politicians tell us the truth.
Because they work for us.
A few good links…
And my personal favorite:
MacLeans Magazine: Conservative Talking Points for the Decision to Cancel Spring Break for MPs
Write to your Member of Parliament and tell them what you think about premature prorogation or anything else! You can find your MP with this lovely link – it will also help you find out who your MP is if you don’t know. It’s time that Canadians started letting them know what we think about how they represent us.
Find your Member of Parliament
Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and tell him too!
Prime Minister/Premier Ministre Stephen Harper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The government gives more weight to postal mail: you can mail your comments without a stamp!!:
The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., B.A., M.A.
1600 90th Avenue Southwest, suite A-203
Canada badly needs electoral reform. Take a peek at the Non-Partisan Fair Vote Canada site to get information some ideas of electoral reform. All Canadians need to join in these non-partisan discussions.