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I do not have a political science degree. I’m just a citizen who believes that we seriously need electoral reform, because what we have now is not very democratic.  I’m just looking for answers.

I’ll admit it, I don’t even like the idea of political parties. I don’t like the fact that elected representatives can be told by the party hierarchy to ignore what is best for their constituents and vote the way the party tells them to. Right there citizens of a democracy lose our voice.  Without a voice, citizen concerns get ignored.  At the same time, the voices of powerful corporations are heard loud and clear.  Call me crazy, I think the government in a democracy should represent the citizens of the country, not the corporations.

Even worse, an absurd quantity of citizens lack any representation at all. Not because they don’t vote, but because their votes don’t count. Although I’ve been voting all my life, I have never elected anyone to the Parliament of Canada or the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. My vote has never once counted. Yet I’ve worked, raised a family, paid taxes…

There has to be a better way.

Update:

After a lifetime of non-partisan political engagement, I decided to join the Green Party of Canada last year when my husband (Bob Jonkman) decided to run for office, and asked me to be his campaign manager.

The Green Party has consistently championed the two things I feel very strongly about: Proportional Representation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.   Factoring in Green Party commitment to put citizen interests ahead of party interests and opposition to “whipped” MP votes, I have decided to retain my Green Party membership.  (For now.)

Membership in a political party — even a small one — can magnify our voices.  If there is a party whose values reflect your own, you might want to consider getting involved yourself as a member and/or volunteer, or perhaps with financial support.  Alternatively, you might be interested in getting involved with a non-party grass roots organization like Fair Vote Canada or the Council of Canadians to help bring about change.  Political engagement on any level is the path to achieving meaningful reform.

The issues I write about here tend not to be partisan.  Proportional Representation, environmental protection, civil rights, free speech, dissent, government transparency and accountability– democracy in general — are beneficial to citizens, not parties.  Which is, of course, why it’s hard to get parties to support them.   Please let me know (either in email or comment) if you detect any sign of party bias here.

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One of the things I like best about the internet is the fact that it’s making the world small.

But it makes it so much easier to reconnect with the people we’ve lost touch with.
I’d love to hear from old friends, and new ones.

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Laurel L. Russwurm

Drop me a line at laurel.l@russwurm.org

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Written by Laurel L. Russwurm

January 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

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  1. Hey,

    I enjoy your blog. I’ve added you to my blog roll.

    Cheers,

    S😛

    Sean

    April 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

  2. I enjoy your Blog. I have a Facebook Pge: Anyonebut-Harper, and I have just created a blog

    deepcovens

    May 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

    • That’s good– congratulations! A lot of people won’t use Facebook (and the numbers are sure to have increased since the Snowden revelations and Bill C-51), so making your blog available on the open Internet is an excellent choice. Good luck!

      Laurel L. Russwurm

      May 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      • Thank you, I have never blogged before! Thank you.

        deepcovens

        May 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        • Blogging can be as simple as posting in Facebook. Most blog articles are much shorter (and more frequent) than mine… like Facebook status messages🙂

          Laurel L. Russwurm

          May 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm


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