Bryzen saidWe need to build a movement that can bring Canadians together to hold Prime Minister Harper accountable, build support to fix our democracy, and achieve progress on the major challenges facing our country through all levels of government.
Tell Prime Minister Harper: We will hold you accountable and push for electoral reform.
Why would we tell Harper anything? Indeed, why would he push for electoral reform?
Do you know what the second leading political choice was in this country in this election?
Voter turn out is estimated to be 61.4%, meaning that 38.6% of Canadians couldn't be bothered to get out and vote, and the Harper Government won it's majority government while being the choice of less than 25% of eligible voters.
Oh, I realize that someone will come along and say "well, that happens in every party...even the Liberals won elections because some voters didn't vote," or some variant of that...and they are correct.
However at the end of the day, if people aren't voting, then frankly I'd just as soon keep the First Past the Post system...lest we find ourselves at one point dealing with a xenophobic political movement that can gain marginal traction across the country...but is not strong in any one riding.
This is especially important considering what I just said about how many Canadians couldn't be bothered to vote. Ugh, I'm so annoyed by that!
If people want to respond to this election by pressuring others...they're wasting their time on Stephen Harper: he's the same man who, while he was holding rallies, refused access to people he believed to have sympathies with other political parties.
He's going to see this for what it is: the population that doesn't like him wanting to change the political process so that he would either have yet another minority parliament, or would support a Liberal-NDP governing coalition.
We should be pressing the Liberals and NDP...and to a lesser extent, the Greens to unite the Centre-Left vote by either fusing their parties, or by creating some common congress whereby the parties divide up Canada and take over exclusive electoral responsibility in those areas, with an understanding that they are part of a "Progressive Coalition bloc" or something in the same way that, for instance, that John Howard in Australia led his Liberal-National coalition to power in Australia from 1996-2007!