Canadian democracy is in trouble.
Power is increasingly centralized. Individual MPs – your voices in Parliament – are becoming more and more irrelevant. Question Period is a daily showcase for behavior we would not tolerate from our children. It’s time to restore true democracy and put the power where it belongs – in the hands of Canadians.
True democracy means making every vote count. More than votes, it means engaging and debating respectfully. It means working together to find a cooperative and positive way forward. As Canadians, we take pride in a global reputation for civility and cooperation. Our instincts run to generosity and compassion. Let’s embrace that.
While Canada reduces waste in its economy and industry, it should also stop wasting votes. Move to a fairer electoral system that reflects the true will of voters.
True democracy also means true global leadership. In the past, other nations in our global village looked to Canada for leadership – in peace keeping and peace making, in disarmament, and in environmental sustainability. It’s time for Canada to step up and once again play the leadership role it has forsaken in recent years.
Read More … http://www.greenparty.ca/platform2011/democracy
Is Democracy at Risk in Canada? – A World Cafe Event
May 27, 2012, 2:00 pm – Additional Information