I am actually quite supportive of attempts at electoral reform that would end up with parties that get lots of votes but not enough in a single riding to still be represented in the legislature.
But the more I look at this, the more I realize that there would have to be a fundamental change in the way politics is done in this country. We would have to re-engineer 140 years.
Take the current Federal government as an example. I heard last night that the opposition parties have passed only one of the government’s bills – the budget. The rest have been voted down or stalled and the upcoming ones are already being threatened to be voted down. It’s clear to me that if the Liberals had a leader we would probably be having another election right now.
If you had a PR system, based on the current way politicians approach things, it would be total madness. The government would cease to function because you couldn’t get anything done.
Let’s face it. The system and mindset of the majority of politicians is that either the Libs or the Tories get a majority and rule without any real opposition until they get booted out and the other guys get in. That’s the way it’s been done forever and I have my doubts that the Libs or the Tories will ever want that to change.
The Tories are governing right now to ‘get to a majority’. What ever happened to the ambitious agenda for change?
I don’t necessarily blame them, however; because anything they do will be defeated in the house. Harper doesn’t want to be seen as bringing down the house as the voters will be none to happy to go the polls for the third time in three years.
They need to find a way to have a working minority parliament for at least 3 years but I don’t think they will.