Hey everybody, getting around to posting my blog. I've been in a recording session for most of the day so I didn't get much of a chance to think about this, I'm sure it will garner some attention nonetheless.
I'm Canadian, so this is necessarily about Canadian politics. I feel very strongly that the Canadian electoral process (federal or otherwise) is rather defunct and needs an upgrade. Therefore, I joined a facebook group geared towards electoral reform and have partaken in some of their activities. Today, I sent NDP leader Jack Layton an email to show my support of his proposed coalition government with the liberals, as well as remind him to not let the issue of electoral reform stray far from his mind. Here's the email I sent him:
Hello Mr. Layton,
I am an 18 year old male living on Vancouver Island and I very much support the idea of electoral reform in Canada's federal election system. Seeing as there will potentially be a new coalition government in parliament, I feel the time is right for you and your party to bring the issue to the government's consideration. Your pledge to hold a national referendum is most definitely the best place to start, as it gives the Canadian people the chance to decide what they want.
It is my belief that electoral reform is the largest issue facing our nation at the moment, this view is only strengthened by last month's election results. If a reformed system were put in place, tactics such as "strategic voting" and "vote swapping" would not be needed for voters to feel represented and in turn would provide a more reflective and democratic view of parliament. Had there been a more representational system in place, your party would have gained a considerably larger amount of seats in parliament, an outcome which I feel has been long overdue in coming.
As it stands, I believe that your decision to create a coalition government with the Liberal party is an intelligent decision that would meet the needs and desires of the Canadian people. Ultimately, it would provide a balanced and united Canadian government that can handle the hard times ahead. I hope this email sees you, your staff and party well, and I look forward to having my interests represented in parliament.
There, I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed typing it, and I encourage any and all readers to comment or debate my ideas with me. Any global political-minded individual may feel free to ask questions or argue (politely ) with me about anything here, I'm surely not an expert in Canadian politics but I can describe or point out the basics for you.
Finally, I hope any and all Canadians, whether you're able to vote or not, take interest in electoral reform, because something must be done. Also, any of my fellow voting BCers reading this, remember that there's going to be a referendum (a vote) to implement STVs (single transferable voting) into our province's electoral process, I trust you'll all join me in voting in favour of this step forward for democracy.
Anyways, take care my kittens, and I hope you've enjoyed reading this long (ish) installment of my musings.