The 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.
Another 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.
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.
As stated in the preceding post the Federalist party has different rules governing its’ nominations for election. Sending letter to Mr. Francois Ouimet.
The same old and same old story repeating again. “Some are better, some are worse, but in the end, they are all the same.” In the Federalist Party it is done differently. All Party members in good standing can run for the nomination if they can be a candidate for the House of Commons. However there is section 4.7 of the constitution that states.
4.7 The Congress in regular session by an absolute three-quarters majority vote can bar a party member from being a candidate for the Federalist nomination for the House of Commons. The Congress by an absolute two-thirds majority vote can rescind the Candidacy of a member after they have won the nomination election. This is to be done within 90 days of the nomination.
There are no protected nominations, they are all open, and you want it, then earn it. There is no secretive committee deciding behind closed doors whether you can run or not.
11.3 The Leader shall sign all nomination and Election Canada papers. Any refusal shall mean the automatic and immediate expulsion from the Party.
Clearly removes the potential for abuse by a Party leader.
This is how fast things go now and there is no defence possible for the victim. Our system says innocent until proven guilty but with social media you are charged, tried, and convicted within minutes. Truth is irrelevant, facts are not necessary, and due process is a quaint old fashion idea that just gets in the way.
He should step down to avoid trying to lead a political party in an election and going through an investigation on these charges at the same time. If it wasn’t near an election, step down, have an interim leader, and resume if you are cleared of any wrong doings but time doesn’t allow for this. He should be allowed to run for the Ontario PC Party if the members in that riding want him to be their candidate.
With the Federalist Party the party’s Congress can bar a person from running but not the Party Leader.
Wasn’t he suppose to clean this up? A government reform to end this sort of reoccurring nonsense is to have an departmental budgetary allowance for all parts of government. Each department, agency, or part of government has a monthly allowance that increases at the rate of inflation. The department of defence could start with a monthly allowance of $55,000,000,000 that gets raised each quarter to account for the inflation rate. The same would be true for all other departments and agencies like the EPA, NASA, and the like. Government bodies like the House of Representatives, the Senate, Supreme court, and the White House would also have a monthly budget to finance their operations. If a department shows their over budget for 12 consecutive months then that and only that department suffers a shutdown which imposes spending constraints as set forth in law. One of them should be no official gets paid more then the average national income which I believe is around $56,000 for the USA. Any official in the affected department that has a salary of more then $56,000 has that salary brought down to that amount for the duration of the shutdown until the department is no longer over budget.
The departmental budgetary allowance establishes a permanent funding of all government operations. When the House, Senate, and President can finally agree then and only then is the amount of the allowance changed either an increase or decrease in that funding.
They’re still at it 4 months after the election in September of last year. As posted before this should be the process of Government formation. Substitute the appropriate German office or body, Bundestag / House of Commons, President / Speaker, Chancellor / Prime Minster, Federal President / Governor-General.
- The fourth Monday after the election Parliament reconvenes.
- In the morning the members are sworn in and the election of the Speaker is done.
- In the afternoon the Speaker asks the House their recommend for appointment as Prime Minister “Who should the Governor-General call upon to form a government” ? The longest serving member of the largest party stands up and nominates the leader of their party. Then the most senior member of the second largest party does the same, then the third, and so forth. Lastly all the independent members are asked in order of their seniority in the House.
- All the nominated members are asked if they would accept appointment. If more then 4 say yes then the House votes.
- The Speaker puts the question “Who does this House have confidence in to serve as Prime Minister” ? It’s an open vote and the one with the least votes is eliminated plus any others who wish to withdraw. If there is still more then 4 nominees a second vote is held and the process done again. The voting stops when there is 4 or less nominees for Prime Minister.
- On Tuesday the Prime Minister-designates are invited to Government House and asked by the Governor-General to form a government consisting of say 16 to 20 members.
- On Thursday the House is back in session with the Speaker putting to the House the question “Which of these government-designates has the confidence of this House” ? Assuming 4 councils the council-designate with the least votes is eliminated and a second vote is held. The third placed council-designate is eliminated and the top two go to a third and last ballot. The winner becomes the Council of Ministers and the runner up the Council of Opposition.
- On Friday in the House the Speaker swears in the third and fourth placed councils as Shadow councils in the House. This is done only if they can get 17 votes on the last ballot their on (5% of 338 members).
- On Sunday at Rideau Hall the Governor-General first swears in the second placed council as the Council of Opposition and then the winner as the Council of Ministers.
In the event there is a Party with a majority and the second largest Party can’t be out voted by the remaining members then the process becomes a formality since the result of all votes is known. After the last Federal election the House would have nominated Justin Trudeau, Rona Ambrose, and Thomas Mulcair as Prime Minister-Designates. They each would have submitted council-designates to a confidence vote in the House of Commons.
On the first ballot the Liberals would have a majority and the Conservatives in second place with the NDP in third. Friday the swearing in by the Speaker in the House of the NDP shadow council. On Sunday the swearing in by the Governor-General the Conservatives as the Council of Opposition and then the Liberals as the Council of Ministers.