Perhaps Leonard Cohen has something to say to those Canadians who look with dismay upon our broken, undemocratic, first past the post electoral system, and wonder that a man who is not supported by more than 60% of those who voted can do the things he is now doing with such impunity.
In Bird on the Wire, Cohen says:
I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,
he said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
she cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"
Perhaps it is time for all of the 60% who did not vote for Harper's party to ask for more.
And perhaps we ought to take a long, hard look at our party leaders to see if they are up to what we need.
This is what Tom Mulcair said about electoral reform:
Fair Vote Canada (FVC) congratulates Thomas Mulcair, a proponent of proportional representation, on winning the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party.“The majority of Canadians (68%) want electoral reform, so we all benefit when a leader is chosen who has made a commitment to bring a fair and proportional voting system to Canada” says Fair Vote Canada president Shoni Field.Mulcair has said that moving to a mixed-member proportional system will be a fundamental plank of the New Democratic Party’s platform next election: “Canadians are well aware of the pitfalls of our electoral system. They agree with us that change is needed. When we get elected, we will get elected with a strong mandate to address those shortcomings. If needed, we will cooperate with other parties in the House of Commons and the Senate in order to make electoral reform a reality.”
Now that is a serious commitment from the new leader of the NDP to work with the Green and Liberal Parties after the next election to bring about electoral reform through a mixed-member proportional system of voting.
The remedying of our democratic deficit might be on the horizon.Now let's elect a Liberal Party new leader who commits to doing the same. If the chosen one does not, let's seriously consider our alternatives come our 2014 policy convention and 2015 (or – more likely – earlier) election.