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Remembrance Day

poppy-pin” On this day we pause to remember,

  Those who served,

  Those who sacrificed,

  And those who paid, the final price.”

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Election day

bbElection day for the 42nd federal general election.

Time for all those eligible to vote and who haven’t already done so to vote.

I voted by advanced poll on Friday October 9.

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. Winston Churchill

Custom and Precedence

commonsfloor At the start of each Parliament the Speaker after the members of the House of Commons are sworn in asks “who should the Governor-General call upon to form a government”? The four most endorsed candidates are invited to Rideau Hall and asked to form a council-designate, a government-in-waiting. After each leader who accepts forms a proposed government of say 16 to 20 members the Speaker puts the question to the House “which of these councils-designate has the confidence of this House”? The two with the least are dropped from the second ballot. The Commons votes a second time with the winner becoming the Council of Ministers and the loser the Council of Opposition. No vote in the House triggers an election only an absolute 2/3 majority (226 out of 338) passing a motion of dissolution can trigger an election before the set election day. No vote can replace the current government with another. The Council of Ministers is the government for the duration of that Parliament. Any individual minister can be dismissed by a 60% vote of the House. If it’s the Prime Minister then an absolute 60% majority (203).

One week to go

bbSeven more days till the 42nd Federal general election. All citizens should vote and view doing so as an obligation to their fellow citizens. I missed the first federal election I was eligible to vote in and I can’t recall why I didn’t. The same for Quebec but I wasn’t in the province at the time. But I’m 8 for 8 of the last general elections for both the Federal and Quebec. Voted for the first time by advanced poll. It opened up at noon on Friday October 12 and I was down there at 1:30. A line up which I didn’t expect. Maybe around 20-40 people ahead of me. I didn’t get out till 2:30 so an hour to vote. The only difference from regular being required to sign a register. I was surprised to see the Rhino party on the ballot.

To all my fellow Canadians VOTE !

Extral long Election

images.duckduckgo.comThanks Mr Harper, you don’t deserve to be addressed by that other title, and I’ll remember on election day.

P.S. Keep on Smirking! and your explanations sound like the excuses they are.

New Brunswick Election

1024px-Flag_of_New_Brunswick.svgThe Dual Electoral System is inspired from the House of Commons where you have a Leader representing the majority of the House and a Leader representing the largest minority of the House. Voting is conducted by a secret preference ballot where the voters mark the candidates in order of choice (1, 2, 3, 4, etc). The ballots are counted with the two candidates with the most votes getting elected. The ballots are counted a second time where the elected candidate with the lower number gets one Legislative vote for every vote received on the second count. In regular session each member has one vote which for the last New Brunswick General election would give both the PC and Liberals one vote less then 50%. The Legislature would operate on a consensual basis because no party can get a majority in regular session. The legislature would have a legislative session once a week where any bills requiring approval are voted on. Each member would have votes equal to their popular vote in their riding. All votes do count in an election for one of the elected candidates from your riding will receive your vote and cast it in Legislative session to determine the passage of legislation.

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As the first table shows in the last General Election in New Brunswick ended with the PCs getting 76% of the seats though a majority of the voters voted against the conservatives. Also 17% of the voters voted for parties that gained no seat and so all those voters have no representation of any kind in the Legislature. The phrase “Taxation without Representation” comes to mind.

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The second table shows the results using the Dual Electoral System. The top two candidates in each riding are elected. This gives both the Conservatives and Liberals the same number of seats and one seat shy of 50%. In regular session its one member one vote so no party rules the Legislature. In the riding of Woodstock the top two candidates were the PC candidate and an Independent Mr David Allen. In the riding of Tracadia-Shelia the top two candidates were the candidates for the Liberals and the NDP. In all other riding’s the top two candidates belonged to the PC and Liberals.

In Legislative session for the riding’s that elected the PC and Liberal candidates I made the assumption that 2/3 of the remaining vote would go Liberal and 1/3 to the PC. For the riding of Woodstock I decided all the secondary vote goes to the Independent candidate Mr David Allen. For the riding of Tracadia-Shelia I awarded all the votes for the PC to the Liberals and none to the NDP. The Legislative vote that the PC and Liberal parties would have better reflects the way the voters voted; PC 54% Leg / 49% Pop, Liberal 45% Leg / 34% Pop. Also all the votes cast for the other candidates just doesn’t disappear they go somewhere. If your vote doesn’t go to your first choice it goes to a secondary choice who in effect proxy votes it in the Legislative session of the New Brunswick Legislature. All votes do count!

If the Dual Electoral System were ever used create 25 provincial ridings with the smallest having at least 50% of the number of electors as the largest riding. This gives you a Legislature of 50 members from 25 dual member ridings. Each member having a number of votes in Legislative session equal to the votes received on the second count of the ballots. You mark your preference for all candidates and one of them will be voting your vote in the New Brunswick Legislature.

The New Brunswick Legislature should first create the Legislative Council consisting of the top two candidates in every riding giving you 98 members. In regular session of the Council its one member one vote. In each riding all the other candidates transfer their popular vote to one of the elected candidates for that riding. This is added to their own popular vote and the total is the number of votes they have when the Council is in Legislative session. The Legislative Council advises the Legislature by regular session on all motions before it. When the Legislature votes to pass a bill the Council advises it by voting in Legislative session. The 49 runner up candidates for each riding don’t get paid. With the operation of this advisory council one would get to see how the Legislature would work under the Dual Electoral System . In other words you can “try it before you buy it”!

Bill C-559

Michael Chong MPNational Assembly December 2013 vote

My chief problem with bill C-559 is the provision that the House caucus of a party can by majority vote on a secret ballot dismiss the Leader of the Party and then vote in a replacement to serve as interim Leader till the next leadership race.

This means 20 members of the Liberal caucus could vote out Justin Trudue as Leader and put in an interim Leader in his place. That’s just 20 Liberals in the caucus nullifying the votes of 81,736 liberals who voted for Justin Trudue in the leadership race and who represents 65% of all those registered to vote in that election.

In the NDP because they are 60% of the Caucus the NDP Quebec MPs could unite and vote out any Leader they didn’t like and thus in effect have a veto on the leadership of the NDP. So much for it being a NATIONAL party.

It is hereby moved that the Federalist members of Parliament be block voted in the negative on bill C-559 should it go to third reading as currently written.

Furthermore

It is hereby moved that the Federalist party support the following as an amendment to bill C-559.

I would change Mr Chang’s bill so that every registered political party is to have a Chief Election Officer with a term of ten years. Just like they must have an auditor.

There would be two classes of registered parties. The major parties are those that won a seat in Parliament or ran candidates in a majority of the ridings. That would be the following 5 parties Conservative, NDP, Liberal, Bloc Quebecois, and the Green party. The minor parties are all the other registered parties numbering 13 out of the 18 registered parties.

The major parties elect their CEO by a secret ballot of a caucus of their candidates in the last election. For the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, and Greens this is a caucus of 300 plus members. The Bloc is a caucus of 75. It requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspended or dismiss.

The minor parties elect the CEO by a secret ballot of their membership. As with the major parties it requires a two-thirds majority to elect and the same to suspend or dismiss.

The vote is Yes / No for each candidate. If the winning candidate did not get the required two-thirds majority the term is for 1 year.