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Based on “exit interviews” with 65 former MPs, the latest report from the Samara democracy-research organization offers a warning to would-be parliamentarians: their dreams of public service could be repeatedly dashed by their own political parties.
“The greatest frustrations they (former MPs) faced during their political careers came from within their own political party,” says the report, titled, “It’s My Party: Parliamentary Dysfunction Reconsidered,” which was obtained by the Star in advance of its release on Monday.
“Decisions from their parties’ leadership were often viewed as opaque, arbitrary and unprofessional and . . . parties’ demands often ran counter to the MPs’ desires to practice politics in a constructive way.”
“The biggest message I took from these MPs’ stories is the need to re-examine the role of a political party in our democracy,” she says. “They are extremely important organizations that perform essential democratic functions — engage citizens, select candidates for office, develop and aggregate policy ideas and contest elections — and are heavily supported by public money, yet we rarely ask ourselves if they’re performing these functions in the way we’d like.”
Originally posted by quitesane
I am going to vote.
I am planning to attend a meeting with Mr. Layton and see what he can say about the biggest problems Canada has now.
But...if we are all passive and stay at home doing nothing- change will never come for sure. That's what they want us to be: uncapable of raising our voice, sitting in front of our TVs chewing popcorn and letting others to decide what the world we will be living in.
I have chidlren, so it's not for me. I have to do something about it. I owe myself at least a try to change this world.
I liked the guy here who said something about not complaining after if you didn't vote. He is 100 % right.
Those who said the Harper's Government (that's how he wants us to call OUR Canadian Government, right?) is the best for us today, seem don't know even half of the truth of what is going on and what this Government is doing to you and your country. Wake up, guys, please!!!edit on 19-4-2011 by quitesane because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Danbones
(ha, assimilation is inevitable no matter who gets installed,
The designs of "deep integration" are reflected in your interest in purchasing F-35 fighter jets (already estimated at $29 billion by a Parliamentary office) that has no Canadian defence rationale but serves to help bail out the Pentagon's procurement mess with Lockheed-Martin's delayed, troubled and way over budget aircraft.
Once the U.S. government’s national security scaffolding surrounds Canada, many policy matters will become “national security” priorities. Canadian energy, water, the Canadian Arctic, anti-monopoly enforcement, and Canadian foreign investment policies could be subsumed under “national security” imperatives.
Originally posted by XRaDiiX
I for one will not be voting.
Originally posted by juniperberry
So I will vote, but I intend to spoil it to send a message that no one on the ballot is good enough for me.