Brexit

If Parliament itself can modify or repeal legislation passed by a previous Parliament why can’t the citizens undo a direct vote?

For Canada I propose every year there is a Citizen’s Initiative ballot held on the set Election day (say fourth Monday in October). There would be 6 questions on the ballot proposed directly by the citizens of Canada. Two would be federal, two provincial, and two local. If there is a regional local entity then one question is regional and the other is municipal and if there isn’t then both local questions are municipal. An example would be Toronto where one question is for metropolitan Toronto and the other is for a municipality like North York.

The process for Federal initiatives is as follows.

Every November during that month any citizen on the voter’s list can register an initiative with Elections Canada. Each initiative has a title, introduction, main body, and summary and is registered with Elections Canada by paying a registration fee. Any registered political federal party can do the same.

Starting in December any citizen on the voter’s list can endorse one of these initiatives. This endorsement is public. Endorsement is determined nationally and provincially. The national endorsement is simply one person one endorsement and provincially it is the percentage of endorsements for each question in that province. This gives you a score out of 1000.

On January first only the top 50 initiatives in the national or provincial endorsements are kept and all others failed to get enough endorsements to get on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot in October. This will give you 50 to 100 questions depending on how many are on both lists. If you endorsed a question that gets dropped you then can endorse a different initiative that is still on one of the lists.

On February first only the top 25 questions on each list is kept for 25 to 50 initiatives.

On March first it is the top 15 question, April first the top 10, May the top 5, June the top 3, July the top 2, and on August first the top question on the national list and the top question on the provincial list that is not the former are on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot in October.

In order for an initiative to pass it needs 1/3 of the eligible voters to vote yes and a majority of those voting to vote in favour. The Brexit vote of 2016 was 37.5% yes of the eligible voters (51.9% yes out of a 72.2% voter turnout). It then becomes Law and of course can be modified or repealed by Parliament or a subsequent vote on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot.

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Under the bus

jwrjpA letter I’ve sent to the ladies, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Hon. Jane Philpott.

Here we go again with the PM (Political Monarch) just waving his hand and under the bus you go. Remember the Harper years? Complaining about something changes nothing. I came up with my answer to this in 2009 when I left the NDP. Doesn’t seem it could be 10 years now. It was that year I founded the Federalist party of Canada (www.federalistparty.ca). Please take a look you might find ideas that are interesting. This isn’t the first letter like this I have written and I’m sure not the last. And as always, thank you for your time.

By-elections

singhThe NDP Leader is running in a by-election in Burnaby south on February 25. There are two issues here, the one of Party Leaders running in by-elections in order to have a seat in the House of Commons, and the second of the calling of by-elections. I’ve suggested solutions to both in previous posts.

For seats in the House have a class of non-voting members of the Commons. Many legislatures have this around the world. Any Leader of a Party that has members in the House would become a non-voting member of the Commons when they become Leader, if not already a member of the House of Commons. Immediate access to the House and no need to ask a Party MP to step aside as so often happens.

The second issue of the timing of by-elections is to take it out of the hands of the political monarch (PM) of the day. Have 4 set by-election dates set 3 months apart. Example being the first Monday of the months of November, February, May, and August. When a seat goes vacant then a by-election to fill the seat is held on the second set date after the seat goes vacant. Example if a seat went vacant now, January 15, then a by-election would be held for the first Monday in May. A by-election is held 3 to 6 months after a seat goes vacant. Simple for the voters, but beyond the comprehension of politicians, and not even thinkable for Party Leaders. Especially for those who think they will be the political monarch after the next election.

Still here and belonging to a Federal political Party where I as a rank & file member directly vote on all resolutions, policies, by-laws, and Party constitution amendments. This done by being a registered member of the National Assembly of the Federalist Party of Canada.

George H. W. Bush

220px-George_H._W._Bush_cropPresident George Bush Sr. the forty first President of the United States died yesterday at age 94 out living his beloved wife by just seven months. To the Bush children condolences for the loss of their dear father and to the rest of the family. RIP President George Bush 1924 – 2018.

Fragmentation

QCpartiesThe Quebec General Election this last Monday has confirmed a trend of fragmentation in our politics. The winning party (CAQ) only took 37% of the vote and this vote represents only 25% of all Quebecois eligible to vote. The 2 largest parties (CAQ + PLQ) just clear 60% of the vote and together not even half of all voters at only 40% of the electorate. There are 4 parties in the new National Assembly with the two minor parties (PQ / QS) having a respectable number of seats but more importantly each got a significant share of the vote at 17% and 16%. Also, perhaps unnoticed, is the Green party and Conservative party who each broke past the 1% mark.

I strongly recommend to separate the executive vote and legislative vote so our provincial elections would be like the municipal where you vote for the mayor and separately vote for your councillor. In the provincial it would be for a Council of Ministers and your MNA. A maximum of 4 Councils for the executive and a maximum of 6 candidates for the National Assembly. Both elections to be by majority vote achieved by a preference ballot or by a run-off election.

John McCain

mccainAnother old lion of the Senate who’s roar is now silenced. A measure of a true statesman is someone you will listen too respectfully even though you strongly oppose their position on the issue. RIP John McCain 1936 – 2018. Wait and see if it’s Arlington he’s buried in. No, it is to be the US Naval Academy cemetery and he’ll be buried there next to a close friend, the late Admiral Charles (Chuck) Larson.

Another Liberal party

Now the Quebec Liberal party does it. Different motivation but same result a political party’s nomination doesn’t belong to the party’s members.

https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/mna-francois-ouimet-throws-in-the-towel-says-premier-broke-his-word

As stated in the preceding post the Federalist party has different rules governing its’ nominations for election. Sending letter to Mr. Francois Ouimet.