Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart

Navonim - The Ramblings of Garnel Ironheart
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Monday, 22 September 2008

Offering Voters A Real Choice

Up here in the Great White North we are heading into another general election, something like the tenth in the last eleven years or at least that's what it feels like.
One of the problems with elections in Canada, like many other places in the Western world, is the low voter turnout. Part of it is ignorance - people don't know what the issues are or don't realize how important it is to participate. But for many, the reason is voter apathy. Unlike the United States and United Kingdom, for example, both major parties in this country are essentially identical to one another on the big ticket issues like foreign relations, economics and health care. The only real difference is that the Liberals want to raise government spending to decrease the amount of control we have over our lives by an obscene amount while the Conservatives only want to raise them by a very large amount.
In light of this, I have always thought that there should be an option on our ballots to reflect this foolishness. Many people spoil their ballots as a protest against our lack of real choice in government but that doesn't solve any of the problems. After all, a spoiled ballet doesn't say "I don't think any of you jerks are worth voting for". It merely implies you couldn't figure out that it's an "X" you have to put in the box, not a happy face.
Therefore, I suggest that all ballots should have a new line placed at the bottom under the list of candidates for the riding. This line should be labelled "None of the above".
What's more, "None of the above" should have legal meaning other than just being there to express protest.
Thus, if "None of the above" gets 40% or more of the vote in a riding, then the results would be thrown out and a byelection featuring an entirely different slate of candidates would have to be held, with "None of the above" remaining an option on this new ballot.
And if "None of the above" gets 40% of more of the national vote overall, then an entirely new election would have to be called with entirely new candidates, meaning the former prime minister, his cabinet and all the contenders would have to retire permanently from politics, at least at the federal level.
(And if "None of the above" gets over 50% we get to throw the bums into Hudson's Bay in January!)
Yes, there is a potential for the "None of the above" to bring about a great deal of chaos. The government might be paralyzed for weeks to months. Of course, that runs othe risk of people figuring out that this country would probably run better without them but still... Consider the alternative - political parties would suddenly realize that they now actually have to put forth quality platforms instead of the usual "Here's how I intend to bribe you to vote for me using your money". It would bring about a revolution (probably literally) in the way Canada is governed, and probably for the better.
Anyone in Ottawa listening? Probably not. And that's why we need "None of the above".

4 comments:

Bartley Kulp said...

Steven Harper and the Progressive Conservatives in general has a more pro Israel approach. Also the progressive conservatives generally do not feel co-dependant on being in compliance with U.N. policy in general. I am referring to Cretien's (his name has a remarkable resemblance to the word Cretin) agreeing to enact policies regarding global warming in order to get a nod of approval from the U.N. secretary general. Also his agreement to send the under funded Canadian army to the four corners of the earth. Where ever the U.N. said that they needed help. This consists of extra bodies to sit in some war zone without any mandate except to get shot at.

Any rate the most Jews in the Dominion will vote Liberal for the same reasons that their brethren in the US vote Democrat. Moshe came down from the mountain and said "Thow shalt be excepting and defend gay rights. Thow shalt be a Gloria Steinman feminist etc…"

Garnel Ironheart said...

Absolutely. Secular Jews came to believe long ago that Judaism is just Western secular liberalism wiht an impotent, all-approving hodhead.

Chretien wasn't as UN compliant as we think, though. The UN has a problem with Quebec's Bill 101 and Ontario's two public school systems, plus they think we should spend more on foreign aid.

He was more UN compliant if it was something the US was against.

Rye said...

This sounds like a great pitch for "Brewster's Millions 2".

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