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This is a very disturbing way of thinking about our electoral system.

tecmo

Absolutely, can't go changing it every time just because we don't like what it produces?

Tim <admits to not having followed the issue>




Well, to be completely fair, changing an electoral system is tremendously complicated with a great many constitutional considerations and it opens a great many cans of worms (Charlottetown Accord, anyone?). Once you start re-opening the constitution to deal with the first-past-the-post system, then you must also think about the Senate, you probably should think about Quebec's traditional demands, and frankly you should also think about whether a constitutional monarchy or a republic is a more appropriate system. When you are in the opposition or when you are having a pint at the beer parlour, it's easy to crap on the Westminster system's shortcomings. But once you are in power and actually need to make changes it's a great deal more challenging. I hope that the PM was briefed by the bureaucrats who outlined some of the challenges and pitfalls, and I hope that's why he's shying away. The excuse provided is probably merely that; an excuse to avoid looking silly and ill informed. But not rocking the boat is probably the best decision for Canada.

One day we will probably dump the monarchy and become a republic. One day we will have two real houses of parliament instead of a legitimate House of Commons and a lame duck Senate. And one day Quebec will sign our constitution. While all of this will probably eventually happen, it should not be rushed. It might not occur during our lifetime, but this type of change requires a great deal of reflection and a great deal of caution. The current system works reasonably well, so proceed slowly.


SJ
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