Posts tagged: democracy
I snapped this photo of Wayne Smith at an electoral reform debate and then I discovered his words in a comment on a blog. This quotation so nicely summed up why I think Fair Vote Canada is so important.
“Democracy is NOT about picking winners and losers. You are thinking of sports, or perhaps capitalism. Democracy is about working together to accomplish more than we can do as individuals. It is about bringing all stakeholders to the table so everyone can get what they need. When democracy functions as it should, we are all winners. For that, you need a fair voting system”
Wayne Smith, Executive Director, Fair Vote Canada
Canada … Imagine 308 petitions for proportional representation … from 308 ridings …
The #denounceHarper conversation in Twitter is a case of citizen journalism, but its also people, Canadians, from all across the length and breadth of this nation, sharing our anger and frustration at the autocratic way Canada is being run by the Harper Government.
Although Canada supposes itself to be a democracy, the system we have isn’t very democratic, particularly today. It hasn’t been modernized since it was established, back before Confederation. Any checks and balances it had have since been worn away… some have atrophied, others have been compromised by various governments gaming the system.
The thing is, even if we vote Harper out, the same thing will just keep happening. It is more imperative than ever that we fix it, and fast. Because Canada can’t keep this up.
Check it out; if you agree, I hope you’ll be able to sign the petition, spread the word, and maybe even circulate your own.
Thanks for caring, Canada!