Monday, 28 March 2011

Harper's assault on democracy as documented by Murray Dobbin

Larry Hubich's Blog: Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy - Dobbin
Dobbin: “This study is
intended to examine the most serious violations of democracy committed
by the prime minister and his government. Some are clearly more serious
than others. But taken as a whole they add up to a dangerous undermining
of our democratic traditions, institutions and precedents – and
politics. These violations are not accidental, they are not incidental,
and they are not oversights or simply the sign of an impatient
government or ‘decisive’ leadership. They are a fundamental part of
Harper’s iron-fisted determination to remake Canada, whether Canadians
like it or not.”

Environics, on behalf of the Council of Canadians, polled people about
their feelings about proportional representation in February. Here are
the results:

-   61% of Canadians support moving to a system of proportional representation in Parliament

-   36% said they were more supportive of proportional representation as a result of Prime Minister Harper’s recent prorogations

results represent the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a
national random sample of 1,001 adults comprising 501 males and 500
females 18 years of age and older, living in Canada. The margin of error
for a sample of this size is +/- 3.10%, 19 times out of 20.)


Skinny Dipper said...

Will any of the major parties advocate for proportional representation while on the campaign trail? Website info is not good enough for me.

Thor said...

Yes, that would be desirable. The NDP have said they wanted it in previous elections and between elections. Hopefully it will be part of their platform this time too.
And yes, I'd like to see them talking about it while on the campaign trail.

I don't see either the Liberals or the Conservatives or Bloc including it in their platforms as the current system benefits them (especially the Bloc).