Comment 36801

By Undustrialo (anonymous) | Posted January 06, 2010 at 22:44:01

Parliament is a total joke, this just proves it.

The population voting on issues, legislation and policy...that would be democratic. This is just an inane, and expensive popularity contest, like a high school student council with better pensions. Even with 90%+ popular opinion against laws (new or old), there is absolutely nothing we can do to stop them. Municipal amalgamation in Toronto lost a vote by 3:1. Marijuana prohibition's had the support of roughly 10% or less of the population for years or decades. A "majority government" runs the country with the support of roughly 20% of the Canadian people (a third of those that voted, with some of the lowest turnouts ever, of the population who is even allowed to vote).

There is nothing democratic about Canada's government. Yes, we vote, but so did the Soviet Union. It is simply a holdover of centuries-old British colonial administration, that's why the Senate and Governor General - institutions created specifically to prevent democracy - still exist above the elected House of Commons.

If I were them I wouldn't be proroguing things again, people might just catch on.

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