One of the recurring themes in Hollywood movies about political dystopias is how the nightmare future is dominated by an extreme right-wing government. Based on the world's experience with fascism in the 20th century, we are treated to repeated examples of right-wing groups, sometimes neo-Nazis, sometimes religious fanatics, taking over the world and forcing their views and ideology on everyone.
Truth is that while fascism had a brief run in the sun between 1933 and 1945, it is the extreme form of left wing thinking, communism, that outlasted, out-controlled and out-murdered any other system in the history of civilization. The same people who think that communism wasn't such a bad idea are usually in favour of movies that tell us the right wing is an imminent threat to our freedoms, usually as they advocate for a diminishing of those freedoms in the name of political correctness.
In short, they try to distract us with nightmares of a right-wing takeover while the worse left-wing one is in process.
In Canada this has recently taken a large step forward and I do believe that most Canadians don't realize what has happened.
Several months ago we elected a new government up here in the Great White North. After 11 years in power the Conservatives were relegated to Official Opposition status while the Liberals under Justin Trudeau swept into power.
Who is Justin Trudeau? He is the faithful son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1983. PET was a closet communist who admired the worst mass-murderer of the 20th century, Mao Zedong, as a great thinker and philosopher. He made common cause with Fidel Castro, a ruthless thug who turned prosperous Cuba into an impoverish outdoor political prison. He looked down on the United States with contempt and only admired those parts of Europe that shared his socialist vision. Through the introduction of official bilingualism in the government and civil service he worked towards achieving his goal of a Canada run by Quebec since most Quebecois are functionally bilingual while the vast majority of non-Quebec Canadians are not. He ran up huge deficits annually to support his vast socialist projects as well.
And Justin? Well he's on record as saying that a Canada run by the Conservatives is not a Canada he feels part of and that if Canadians continued to support a Conservative government despite being offered the opportunity of having him as leader he would support Quebec separating from Canada. He is also on record as feeling that the Chinese government is the best in the world, specifically because its authoritarian nature allows it to do whatever it wants with Chinese society without having to worry about things like elections and popular opposition.
During the election campaign one of the big issues he hit upon was electoral reform. Canada currently has a Westminster-style parliament with the country divided into something like 338 ridings. Each party runs a candidate in each riding and the candidate that gets the most votes in that riding, even if it's less than 50%, winds up getting that riding's seat in Ottawa. Given that there are three major parties and one minor one across the country, that means a party that gets 40% of the overall popular vote can easily get a majority of 55-60% of the seats in Ottawa. Whether or not that's good depends on who's in power. When the Liberals are in opposition they tend to remind people that the Conservatives didn't really win a majority. When they're in power they like to point out that they have a majority of seats so who cares about the popular vote.
Now they want to change that system on the excuse that they want a new one which will ensure that any government got into power by getting more than 50% of the vote, a true majority. They are proposing a ranked ballot in which votes choose their number 1 and 2 choices. If someone gets 50% of the votes in the riding, great. If not, the top two candidates make it to the second round. The electoral officer then counts the 2nd choices of the ballots of the rest of the candidates and applies them to the remaining candidates meaning someone will eventually get 50%.
This all sounds nice until you realize one important thing: the Liberals know from their polls that amongst socialist and conservative voters they are almost always the second choice. Now do the math. Say in a given riding the Conservative gets 40% of the vote, the Liberal gets 35% and the NDP (that's our Socialist party) gets the last 25%. The Conservative and Liberal go to the second round and the NDP candidate's ballots are counted to tally up the second choices. Given that almost all the NDP voters will choice the Liberal as their second choice the Liberal candidate will now jump to 60% and take the riding.
The math works the same if the NDP gets 40% and the Conservative gets 25%. The Liberal wins again.
What this means is that other than a handful of dedicated ridings where the Conservative or NDP candidates usually get more than 50% of the vote, the Liberals will take pretty much every other riding in the country. Short of a massive flub, like say the Liberal Prime Minister having sex with a donkey on the evening news, opinion won't shift significantly enough to change this. As a result we will have a system where every 4 years we have what amounts to a token election guaranteed to put Justin and company back into power. Remember his comment about the Chinese government system now?
Justin has already announced that there will be no popular referendum on this. He will force whatever he wants through Parliament using his current majority. Naturally there is a 10 member committee in Parliament studying this and naturally 6 of them are Liberals. Any thoughts on their conclusions?
My only question is why most Canadians don't even seem to care.