October 21st, 2007
|11:33 am - Ontario's provincial election 2007|
Canadian politics up ahead (actually...not even Canadian, Ontario politics), uninterested personnel heads up.
I just realized I didn't post anything about the provincial election that happened...was it two weeks ago? Back on Oct. 10th anyway. Not that there's really much to write about, the Liberal's win was pretty much predictable, though that majority kind of took me by surprise. I think maybe it's the backlash from the frustration people are feeling towards the Conservative federal government? Stephane Dion (the leader of the Liberal Party) had a chance to oppose the throne speech a few days ago and start another general election, but decided against it since that'd mean 3 general elections in 4 years and apparently Canadians are getting pretty sick and tired of them (though if you ask me if another general election meant kicking the Conservatives out I'm all for it. I don't know about Dion that much since he's pretty new on the scene but aside from the fact that he seems a bit dull everything else I've heard about him I like...as much as a politician can be liked...Pierre Trudeau excepted).
The only thing though was that I really wish the MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) system went through so we can change this stupid First-Past-The-Post system we've had for a century. Although I guess even with more representatives it doesn't mean the representation will improve...as a matter of fact I'd bet good money that it'd just be more politicians playing the politics game and wasting tax payers' money...but hey, at least there's the CHANCE that one or two good ones will slip in amongst all the rotten ones. That referendum was so biased, the McGuinty government (meaning Dalton McGuinty, premiere of Ontario before and after the election) did everything they could to block any advertising or promotion of the MMP system so a lot of voters went in there and got blind-sighted by it, not knowing exactly what the heck this MMP thing was and figured 'hey, since the system we have now hasn't collapsed for a century, it can't be that bad, so let's play it safe a keep it :D' Grrr...
Everytime an election rolls around, provincial or federal, it's always the same problems that comes up. Everytime it's like voting between dumb, dumber and dumbest. The same parties, the same ideas, the same
ineffective solutions, the same promises that everyone knows will get broken as soon as they get elected. We need a breath of fresh air on the political scene...I think most of the interesting and charismatic people stay away from this field though...it's too...murky? Muddy? Swampy? Charisma-drowning? Dull and death-from-frustration inducing?
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|Date:||October 22nd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)|| |
More choice, fairer results, stronger representation
Our current system is winner-take-all. This generates cut-throat politics where power is the only issue. With only two-and-a-half parties in the Leg, voters have few real choices. We can see from experience in Germany and New Zealand that MMP generates a more consensual type of government and a more civilized style of politics. Coalition government leads to a more issues-based politics and is more conducive to electing women and minorities.