How Liberal MPs Can Complete My Journey From Liberal Party Member to an Anyone-but-the-Liberals Attitude

I’ve given up on Justin Trudeau being even half way liberal. Or what I think of as liberal which was largely carved out by his father. He is nothing like his father. One policy has made me more disillusioned with Justin than any other. It is his attempt to frame electoral reform as his decision alone to decide on and to attempt to kill any chance of proportional representation being the method of governance in Canada.

I don’t consider changing from first-past-the-post to proportional representation as a mere issue. It is sort of an over issue

You might think this is only a single issue and we never get all the promises that a new government had campaigned on. Firstly I don’t consider changing from first-past-the-post to proportional representation as a mere issue. It is sort of an over issue that affects many things. It could change the fractiousness of Canadian politics, the under representation of different groups in parliament, the fairness of the system to each voter and many other good things.

The ERRE committee has yet to present its findings directly to parliament. A vote then, led by Nathan Cullen of the NDP could conceivably still have a chance at passing a new election mandate for 2019. It’s possible that Justin Trudeau might not whip the vote and that 20 or more Liberal MPs could support and allow a new election mandate to pass.

Fairvote Canada and many citizens have not left this issue. Last nightThe other night I was at meeting in Kitchener Centre that saw well over 100 attendees pack a room to not let this issue slide. The star speaker was Nathan Cullen who sat on the ERRE comittee who promised to present its findings to parliament and put the recommendations to a vote.

Only twenty Liberal MPs need to be swayed to make the recommendations stick.

Only twenty Liberal MPs need to be swayed to make the recommendations stick. This is doable as the Liberals ran on a platform of saying they will make the last election the last one that will use first-past-the-post. Many of these Liberals had to learn to argue for proportional representation so they know the pluses that Canadians want from their elections.

Fair Vote Canada is not going to let this whole matter drop. People across the country won’t let the matter drop since many plan to vote other than Liberal next election. If Justin Trudeau does succeed in killing this policy I will be forced to say “anyone but the Liberals” next election.

Proportional Representation is the only system that is fair to the voters of Canada. There are many systems to choose from under this umbrella – even one that was created by Stephane Dion who has only left the Liberal party this year. The guiding principle of proportional representation, that the number of votes for a party should be reflected in the number of seats that party gets, is important to make elections fair. None of this getting less than 40 % of the vote and that equating to all the power. This is disheartening for most voters. Proportional representation is the only fair choice.

Justin Trudeau, you must #KeepYourPromise

Again this isn’t one issue – it is a policy of governance. I wish Nathan Cullen all the best in pushing for the ERRE committee’s recommendations. If Liberal MPs don’t approve the electoral reform I will disown the Liberal party and my MP Marwan Tabbara and push for anyone but the Liberals next election.

Justin Trudeau, you must #KeepYourPromise .

Justin Trudeau’s Progressive Record

Let’s take a look at Trudeau’s progressive accomplishment. He made women comprise 50 % of his cabinet. While this looks impressive from the outside (he made international news with this one) the sad fact of the matter is that Justin still holds 100% of the power in the Liberal Party. So those women are the most powerful female toadies in all of Canada.

those women are the most powerful female toadies in all of Canada

Maryam Monsef has been in charge of cross country meetings about electoral reform in Canada for the Liberal government. The Liberal party vowed to change systems to one that is fairer to voters by next election. She started the consultations at the end of August. On September 22 of the same year it began to be broadcasted that Monsef (or whoever acted on her behalf) had incorrectly filled out her immigration paperwork as having been born in Afghanistan while really being born in Iran.

This incorrect paperwork means that Maryam Monsef is at risk of being deported. With such a tenuous position Monsef has echoed the prime minister to a T even saying that there was no broad majority of opinions when 88 % of the speakers were for proportional representation. If the government wants a broader consensus than that it is up to them to hold a clear referendum or do a true consultation with Canadians. The cards they sent in the mail and the poll it takes at the referred website is a joke. This is not democracy.

With such a tenuous position Monsef has echoed the prime minister to a T

The electoral reform committee came back with its decision that proportional representation is the favoured mode of governance and a clear referendum could now be put to all the voters. The Liberals on the committee called its findings “radical” when some of our closest countries have democracies that work quite well with proportional representation. Again the Liberals are just being toadies to Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau’s policies have consisted of policy that is just as far right as the last government

The rest of Trudeau’s policies have consisted of policy that is just as far right as the last government under Stephen Harper. Sure Trudeau says he is going to push this that or the other progressive scheme but he doesn’t deliver. Meanwhile he has approved more pipelines than Harper. It is a push. What do I think Trudeau is really gunning for? I think he wants the rich, rich party donations that Harper used to get. For years the other parties were afraid of his advertising war chest. This is what I believe Trudeau covets most. And that, sadly, is the place he appears to be coming from.

How the Liberals Intend to Change Our Democracy

First of all, I don’t mind getting rid of the first-past-the post system. That is a winner-take-all system and most of the time it leaves the majority unrepresented in our government. But the reflex position of the Justin Trudeau Liberals is to game the system in favour of the Liberal Party. So Justin Trudeau is on record as saying he wants Alternative Vote to pass.

Alternative Vote is also a winner-take-all system. It tries to appease the unrepresented by saying “Look you’re represented by your second choice.” But when has your second choice ever proven to be the best? It’s not your first choice for a reason.

Alternative Vote is also a winner-take-all system. It tries to appease the unrepresented by saying “Look you’re represented by your second choice.”

The Liberal Party thinks, because it is the most central of the main parties, that it will garner the most second choice votes and thus win almost all contests. This is how Liberals think they can game the system. So there may be a backlash amongst voters to not make the Liberals your second choice. But most Conservatives don’t want the NDP to be second and most NDP members don’t want to vote Conservative as their second choice. The most likely thing for them to do would be to not choose further than first choice. And that is why this Liberal government will make it a spoiled ballot if you don’t choose a second place party. Do you know where this is going?

The voting rebellion will be to choose the Green Party as your second choice. Why do this since it is quite likely the Green Party will be voted last and thus be taken off the ballot right away? If all the parties are to be ranked then it will be obvious that the Green Party has the most second place votes in a voter rebellion. In fact, lay people will be able to figure out the vote and find that the Green Party has the most second place votes. And their total first and second place votes might be higher than those of the Liberal Party. If a second place vote is indeed good enough, then there is a true reason to say that the Green Party won the election. They are just as legitimate as the run off winner which will likely be the Liberal Party.

So if the Liberal Party enacts Alternative Vote for next election, that will likely only come to pass with compulsory first and second place votes. But after the second place votes you don’t need to pick third, fourth or fifth places, etc. If they so this, we can’t figure out who had the most second and first place votes thus nullifying the protest. If this weird type of ruling comes down it is a certainty that the Liberal Party of Canada is filled with @$$holes.

But because the Liberal government has given itself a minority position on the parliamentary committee on electoral reform, I suspect they are expecting Canadians want a proportional representation system. Well, in the last few years the Liberals have come up with their own proportional system courtesy of former Liberal leader Stephane Dion. It is wrong to file this system under straight forward proportional systems because it is a hybrid. I choose not to explain all aspects of this and come up with my own conclusions. Instead I reference Wilf Day’s blog and take up some of his conclusions.

Dion’s system favours the top two parties. Even the third place party might be in jeopardy. The smaller parties are almost certainly compromised and left with almost no power. Dion’s position is that he doesn’t want fringe parties. Of course he doesn’t. He has spent his life climbing to power in one of two political parties that seems to have the possibility of governing Canada.

Would you go to Baskin-Robbins with only two flavours of ice cream?

Dion thinks fringe and I think choice. Would you go to Baskin-Robbins with only two flavours of ice cream? I don’t think coalitions are a bane of politics. It just means that those with different ideas have to cooperate. Cooperation among parties already happens in Canada with minority governments. It’s not that bad. In fact I think it is better.

So I expect the Liberals in the parliamentary committee on electoral reform will start with Alternative Vote then compromise with Stephane Dion’s system. If they still don’t get what they want and the committee approves something else, expect Justin Trudeau, Mr. AV as he might be known as, to drop the committee and pick the system of his choosing. He thinks that system will ensure his getting elected the next time. Right now he has 100% of the power in our first-past-the-post system and he intends to keep it.

Bill C-51 or Trudeau vs. Trudeau

By supporting Bill C-51, as is, in the House of Commons, Justin Trudeau has blatantly gone against the policy of his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

It gets worse. The few minor amendments to Bill C-51 that Justin campaigned on seem to have fled all Liberal discourse. That bill remains unchanged to this day and it looks like it will never be changed.

Bill C-51 almost completely does away with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If you check almost any passage in this document, it is done away with by Bill C-51. Only a handful of rights and freedoms were saved.

Bill C-51 almost completely does away with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was the legacy legislation of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He got the premiers of the provinces to sign on to repatriating the constitution and then took the legislation to Britain to have Queen Elizabeth approve it. In all this he changed the British North American Act so Canada no longer needs any British approval of its laws. The best part was when he made the Charter of Rights and Freedoms the law in Canada.

Justin Trudeau has killed this legacy because of his actions. He probably thinks that he himself is legacy enough for Pierre. But he falls short every single day that Canada does not have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms to hold on to.

A Political Son of Pierre Trudeau

Sure Justin Trudeau is a son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, but in my opinion he is not a political son of Pierre Trudeau. Many times Justin picks the Conservative Party way of doing things. Thus I call him a blue Liberal because blue is the colour of the Conservative party.

Pierre Trudeau was an orange Liberal.

Contrast this to Pierre Trudeau, who, on many different occasions, took the New Democrat Party’s (the NDP’s) position. Indeed he did so so often that the 1970s NDP were annoyed that they had little to run on as the Liberals kept stealing their policy. Pierre Trudeau was an orange Liberal.

It is my belief that I am more a political son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau than Justin is. The prime minister who most shaped my time by the sheer number of years he was prime minister was Pierre Trudeau. No other prime minister has served as many years in my lifetime. The seventies and first half of the eighties were run by Pierre Trudeau and those are the years I spent feeling out my world to see where I could fit in it. Trudeau’s policy was the concrete wall of the law of my youth.

I’ve been a member of the Liberal Party of Canada but stayed away after Justin won with his alternative vote campaign. I don’t see the point in replacing a winner-take-all system with a winner-take-all system. Proportional systems are much more fair.

It almost appears as if Justin Trudeau thinks neoliberals are somehow associated with the Liberal party

Justin still supports the Conservative Bill C-51 which he might lightly edit. He also supports the Conservative negotiated Trans Pacific Partnership as evidenced by Canada’s signature on this bad policy. I also think he is likely to overrule the all party committee to choose a new form of democracy for Canada. He might try to rig the government in favour of his partisan interests, like the Conservative Party did every chance it got.

It almost appears as if Justin Trudeau thinks neoliberals are somehow associated with the Liberal party of Canada. Perhaps he is fooled by the similar name. But neoliberals are quite the opposite because they are enamoured by the idea of little or no government. He is so far to the blue side of seeing things that I wouldn’t doubt neoliberalism is where he wants to take the Liberal Party of Canada.

Justin is not the political son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. I, and many of you are closer to being a political son or daughter of Pierre Trudeau.