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I get letters: Interesting idea that probably won’t happen edition…

..but still interesting nonetheless. A reader of the Progressive Bloggers site writes an email to me about the proroguing of Parliament and comes up with this idea/concept:

…what I really want to see is a grass roots swell of support for strong principled independent representatives running in the next election. Party politics needs a good overhaul and the only way it will happen is to give parliament a healthy dose of citizen presence in the House. How about flying that idea about and seeing if a list of people could be generated who have the profile and experience that would make them a viable candidate.

Here are some I have thought of:
Andrew Coyne, Susan Delacourt, Bill Blaikie, Frank McKenna, Joe Clark

I realize that some of my choices have party connections, but they have also moved outside of their influence perhaps because of their frustrations. They all have either political experience or a breadth of knowledge and are well connected so that they would be able to be effective in their work.

As a blogger acquaintance said to me when I threw that idea by her, folks like Andrew Coyne and Susan Delacourt probably would have more influence on public opinion now then they would even if they ran and won a parliamentary seat.

Still, one thing I’ve noticed out of all this controversy over prorogation and the resulting outcry and formation of the Facebook group CAPP and the No Prorogue! website in response and the huge membership and protests that have resulted (CAPP has 153 702 members as of this blogpost and still climbing), there are a lot of folks putting forth interesting ideas and concepts about how Parliament needs to be reformed or made more democratic or responsive to the electorate.

To be sure, there are some ideas a bit off the wall out there (forming a ‘United Party of Canada’ by merging the Liberals/NDP/Greens/BQ is my favourite of that bunch), but if this controversy did nothing else but to get regular everyday Canadians who were normally apathetic about politics actively discussing the weaknesses of the Canadian political system (as well as ignite their anger and make them aware that the current Prime Minister is willing to exploit those weaknesses), then that on it’s own is a good thing for this country.

3 comments to I get letters: Interesting idea that probably won’t happen edition…

  • ASME

    Canada, for the small population that it has, has far too many political parties. It’s about time, our whole system had an over haul from the amount of time a PM can be in power, to the Senate to how many political parties can be supported in this country and whether we ought to institute manditory voting.

  • slg

    This is now getting silly. Keep it up and the whole democratic movement will die

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