- The appearance of the coalition has caused the notion of proportional voting to be put on the back-burner, or to be killed for a really long time. Always distressing to those that thought it through, proportional voting has a killer main drawback. Single issue groups, or fringe wannabes, or even regional "sounds good to me" instant-issue uprisings, can hold a government to ransom. Whether it is the Bloc, the Greens, an "auto workers" party, a religion-based organization, or even some spur-of-the moment issue like Unhappy Income Trust holders, all gain an entre to power and (let's face it) blackmailing.
I believe that most Canadians opposed to the coalition held this view, even though it was an established political party, the Bloc, that gave them the greatest concern about the potential for holding the government (and, in this case, the rest of Canada) to ransom. But I also suspect that the used car salesman's platform contributed to the hard line against the coalition. After all, if less than 19% of Canadians voted for the NDP (81% against, using the coalition's exquisite logic), their platform wasn't worrisome for Canadians until it became a vivid possibility when members of the unholy coalition came slithering out of their holes around December 1st.
In good times, and when the likelihood of a fringe party holding Canada to ransom isn't in the cards, the subject of proportional voting likely isn't important to the majority of Canadians. It may even hold some technical or fleeting interest and mindshare. But when the effects of minor or fringe parties and alliances appear, as they did with the self-serving coalition, then Canadians take a stand. And will remember this for quite a while. And that's why proportional voting is not only off the table, but has been dealt a serious blow.
Because Canadians don't want to become another banana republic, beset by a government de jour that arises from the self-interests of hordes of here-today, gone-tomorrow parties. Whose main platform may be eliminating smoking in cow pastures, or saving one specie of plant in the frozen tundra, or even (gasp) being against duly-elected governments. Canada be damned ... I want my issue solved, and then I don't care what happens as long as my MP cheque arrives in the mail each month.
- The coalition also earns our thanks for wonderfully demonstrating their self-serving appearance and agenda. Climbing out of their slimy holes, the coalition presented us with a future Prime Minister who Canadians had soundly rejected not six weeks earlier and who, it turned out, was ill-suited to lead the Liberal party ... let alone a national government. And an agenda conceived in backrooms, one version for the public and multiple wish lists held in reserve for when they were in power. Nice. Not.
All the great-sounding thrusts, like (unaccountable) Kelowna Accord spending, auto sector bailouts, day care and, of course, "infrastructure" spending. But none of the warts like The Green Shift (tax, tax, tax), or $50 billion in tax increases for all Canadian businesses, and nationalizing everything in sight. That would likely come later when Comrades Jack and Gilles would "negotiate" with Prime Minister Dion (or the Liberal leader of the day) behind closed doors. Because, when you are a Liberal, nothing is as important as regaining power and keeping it, no matter the cost ... to others, of course.
And would that include a lush Senate appointment for Elizabeth May, the most disgraceful and two-timing politician in the 2008 election? My guess is that it would. After all, aren't key (Liberal) party faithful to be rewarded by an appointment to the Red Chamber?
And that pesky proposal to cut political parties off the $1.95/vote/year funding at the public teat? No doubt that, far from being eliminated, it would have been retained and increased. After all, when it's Other People's Money ...
- Thankfully, Canadians have also had a good look at the motives and character of the coalition. The Bloc's motives are clear on many levels. So too the Liberals who have selected once more to try to quickly grasp power the easy way (from their point of view), rather than repair the very visible democratic deficit that has existed, unaltered, since 2001.
By the way, I think it's a bit rich for Belinda Stronach to be mouthing off about the leadership selection process in the Liberal party when it was Paul Martin who gave her responsibility for coming up with a plan to repair the Democratic Deficit in the party ... while handing her a minister's portfolio for crossing the floor and keeping his party in power. Which only confirms my opinion of Ms. Stronach: brainless, opportunistic, and lacking principles. Which is why she ended up in the Liberal party in the end. Good company.
- Let's not forget Comrade Jack who has never seen a business that shouldn't be taxed or nationalized because, as everyone knows, unions and governments are really good at managing businesses better than owners and shareholders. A graduate laureate of sleaze, Comrade Jack likes to promise everything and to insist that it really won't cost anything because "big business" is paying for it. Sure Jack and, if you really believe that, I'm the tooth fairy. Of course Canadians (and Jack) rationalize his socialist platform by knowing that the NDP will never be in power, so he will never have to keep his "promises" to wreak havoc on the economy and fabric of Canada.
A charter member of the "promise anything, even if it doesn't make sense" coalition of also-ran parties, Comrade Jack saw the opportunity to seize power at any cost. I thought that mantra belonged solely to the Liberals but, what the heck. Easy, thought Jack, but he miscalculated ... Canadians remembered his 2008 make-believe election platform and said, "Whoa, wait a minute; these Socialists?". And that was the end of Comrade Jack's grasp for fame,and power.
- We should also give thanks that the coalition exposed its real core supporters. The trade unions lead by the CAW, the public service alliances (unions, all of them), the unaccountable $5 billion Kelowna handout-wannabe recipients, the Arts Industry handout specialists, the vested-interest environmentalists (including the deplorable Greens) and, of course, the largest cupped palms in the nation ... the Bloc. It's easy to tell who is behind a coup. Just look at the first goodies handed out at the public trough. In this case the trough feeders bear an uncanny resemblance to the self-serving Think Twice coalition of 2006, in which such luminaries as Buzz and May appeared as charter members.
Dec 15, 2008
Let Us Give Thanks to the Coalition (and bury them)
Unwittingly, Canada owes the Three Stooges Coalition its undying gratitude. However, I doubt that the coalition sees it this way, or that they planned it so.
Posted by burpnrun at 10:54 AM