Thursday 21 April 2011

Question of the Day - April 20th "Inside Politics" Question of the Day:

Will your vote be influenced by the possibility of another minority government?
2724 readers voted: Yes - 18.39%, No - 80.98%, Unsure - 0.62%

I sometimes comment on these daily questions. This was my comment today:

"Why would anyone who knows anything about our system of parliamentary representative democracy be worried about a possible minority government? Only a populist demagogue who's after nothing but personal power would rail against it. Minority government only means you need to be able to get along with people. Who among our political leaders is incapable of getting along with other political leaders? Do I really need to spell this out? Go on Harpocritters, let's hear your arguments!"

105 people gave this comment "Thumbs Up"
6 people gave it "Thumbs Down"

Usually my comments get about 2/3 for, 1/3 against (reflecting the national support for the Harpocritters) - today's result is a record. Just thought I'd share it with you. ;-)

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Harper, once more, on coalitions...

Oh, how times change! But never Harper! Was he lying then, or is he lying now, or does he always lie? How can you tell?

Monday 18 April 2011

If you call yourself a Progressive Canadian, there's only one way to vote!


Do you really want to re-elect this person? No? In that case, if you call yourself a progressive voter, you need to consider the facts.

Any vote for the NDP or the Green Party is a vote for Harper. Anyone who doesn't understand that, doesn't know how our parliamentary system works. You can't call yourself a progressive Canadian if you don't know this. It isn't enough to be for universal health care or green energy to be considered progressive, you have to see the whole picture.

If you feel self-satisfied after you've cast your vote for the NDP or the Green Party and then see Harper back in power, it will be your fault and your fault alone. What is more important, saving Canada by freeing it from Harper and the neo-Conservatives, or voting for a splinter party?

Until Canada adopts a modified system of Proportional Representation (like Germany, for instance), we cannot afford to vote for splinter parties no matter how much we'd like to. Do you realize that only Canada, the UK and the US still use the "first past the post" system? Look at how much is being made of the NDP "surge" in Quebec by certain commentators. The NDP support is spread all around Quebec, so it won't result in any seats. It's the same as with the Green Party support across the country: no seats. Only with Proportional Representation will these votes count for anything.

But until we change our 19th century electoral system (which was designed for a two party state), there's no choice. If you want to call yourself a progressive Canadian, you must understand this. Otherwise you might as well vote Conservative. the final result will be the same.

Sunday 10 April 2011


Let's rid ourselves of the Wicked Witch of the West and restore Canada's reputation in the world! Enough of lies and broken promises! Enough of the destruction of parliamentary democracy! Let's end the five year slide back into the mediocrity of the 1950s!

And, it's still not warm here in Victoria! Whose fault do you think that is? Stamp out Harpocritters now!