The media all seemed to get on the, "Is democracy broken?" question the same week with the McLean's/CPAC round table in Toronto, the CBC's Sunday Edition town hall meeting in Ottawa and with Dale Goldhawk's call in show all asking the same kind of question.
Of course Canada's media have memories like goldfish and have now have moved on to other matters. Have they moved on a bit too quickly. I think so.
Canadians should take a good look at our system of government and ask why it isn't working. Think about it.
First the first past the post electoral system only works in a two party system and then, only marginally. When, in any given riding, there might be four or five good candidates and a couple of more marginal ones, it hardly works at all. And that is just for starters.
We have to start to ask ourselves why should the party with the largest minority of supporters, call the all shots.
- The Prime Minister is a bully who won't recognize that he is leading a minority.
- The Governor General is a wimp who is afraid to stand up to him. Until that changes, we are doomed to fail.
What if it worked more like this. If the party in power can't get a bill passed, they should go back and rewrite the damn thing again, and perhaps again until they get it right. The defeat of a bill in a confidence motion, should not necessarily mean that we are going to the polls. If the government thinks that they are not capable of governing, then it is up to the Prime Minister to go the the Governor General and say, "This isn't working."
The Governor general should then ask, "Ok you guys, does anyone else over there on the Hill think they can form government?" A few discussions could take place to see if anyone else figures they could make it work. If no one believes they could form a functional government, then call an election.
In other words, Michaëlle Jean should say, "Ok Stevie, it is up to you to make it work, if you can't, I'll find a leadership combination which can."