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Government formation German edition

merkelThey’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.


Still here / BC Election 2017

bc2017Finally got around to doing the 2017 BC election as under the Dual Electoral System. Out of the 87 ridings you have the following as the top two candidates in each.

Top two

Lib / NDP

NDP / Green

Lib / Green

Lib / Ind






The following are the 11 ridings that were not Liberal / NDP as the top two candidates.

NDP / Green (7): Nelson-Creston, New Westminster, Vancouver-Mount Pleasent, Cowichan valley, Saanich North and the Islands, Victoria-Beacon Hills, Victoria-Swan Lake

Liberal / Green (2): West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Liberal / Independent (2):

Peace River North elects a Liberal (Dan Davies) and Bob Fedderly.

Delta South elects a Liberal (Ian Paton) and Nicholas Wong.

I made the assumption that 80% of the Green vote would go to the NDP and the rest splits 50 / 50 where it’s the Liberal / NDP elected. The NDP vote goes Green and the Liberal goes 67% NDP and 33% Green. For the Independents they get all the NDP and Green vote the rest splits 50 / 50. The results are below.



Pop vote

Dual Seats

Dual leg votes


43 (49%)


80 (46%)



41 (47%)


83 (48%)



3 (3%)


9 (5%)



0 (0%)


2 (1%)


As stated in earlier posts, you can try it, before you buy it. The BC legislature forms the Assembly advisory council of 174 members with 2 from each riding. These being the top two candidates in each. All the other candidates transfer their votes to one of these candidates in their riding. In regular session each member has one vote. In legislative session each member has a number of votes equal to their popular vote plus any popular vote won by a candidate in their riding that got transferred to them. The advisory council in regular session advises the BC Assembly on procedural votes. The Council in legislative session advises the Assembly on whether to pass or defeat a bill up for a final vote.

Liberal versus Federalist

g3427The Liberal party of Canada you get the same old same old!

The Federalist party of Canada you get this from the party’s constitution.


The Federalist Party is based upon the principles of direct democracy of the membership. Open nominations solely by the Party membership. MP standing for Member of Parliament and not member of party. Party elections conducted by a non-partisan, independent officer and clear accountability of the leadership to the members. The general principles of National policy that the Party supports will be defined later. The recognition that there will be two parties organized the same as the Federalist party. The second being a part of the membership of the Federalist party, either on the left or right politically, that leaves and forms that second Party using the same constitution and organization.


10.0 Online voting shall be used for the elections of the National, Provincial, and Riding Assemblies and for the National Congress.

10.1 There shall be regular Assembly votes for the jurisdictions as follows. National Assembly regular votes are scheduled for the last three days of the months of February and August. Provincial Assembly regular votes are to be held on the last three days of the month of May. Riding Assembly votes are to be held on the last three days of the month of November.

10.2 The National Assembly and the National Congress in regular session by two-thirds majority votes shall pass a Federal Election by-law to govern all national and nomination elections of the Party.

10.3 Each Province by a two-thirds majority vote in their Provincial Assembly shall pass a Provincial Election by-law to govern all provincial elections in that province.

10.4 Each Riding association by a two-thirds majority vote in their Assembly shall pass Riding By-laws to govern that Association’s elections.

10.5 There shall be a Federal Election Officer (FEO). This officer shall be responsible for the conduct of all national and nomination elections and the administration of the Party’s voters list.

10.6 The Federal Election Officer is elected by a two-thirds majority vote of the National Congress in regular session with a concurring two-thirds majority vote of the National Assembly. This officer can be removed by the same vote in the Assembly and Congress. The term of office shall be for 10 years.

Kids at play

uscapitalHere they go with judicial nominations again. Not a single statesmen among the lot of them just a bunch of politicians doing what they do best in Washington DC.

As I posted earlier have 5 set days on which the nomination is brought to a confirmation vote; 20 days after, 40 days, 60 days, 90 days, and 120 days. It is automatically brought to a vote the first sitting of the Senate 60 days after the nomination. The Senate by 75 votes can bring it to a vote 20 days after the nomination, by 67 votes 40 days after, by 34 votes 90 days after, and by 50 votes delay the confirmation vote till 120 days after appointment. Super majorities can bring a nomination forward in time and minorities can delay the confirmation vote. Majorities can not suppress the minority and the minorities can not block the majority. The Senate has every right to confirm and every right to reject but no right to do this routine they do for everything now. Congress has become not just dysfunctional but almost inoperable.

I would change the vote needed to confirm judicial appointments. For the lower courts and appeal courts a 2/3 majority of those senators present and voting with at least 51 senators voting. For all Supreme court appointments an absolute 2/3 majority or 67 votes for confirmation.

Who pays your salary?

images-duckduckgo-comWho pays your salary Mr. Trudeau? It’s that person asking the question. If a citizen and taxpayer ask you a question in a language you speak you answer them back in that language. I know you don’t need the money but that’s not the point. You are an employee and you’re attitude and actions doesn’t reflect an understanding of this. Your response to this becoming an issue was insulting. Big surprise, there’s a significant English population in the Townships. I thought you knew Quebec!

Win / Win

main_content_trump_protest_us_cities_widePersonally I don’t see the point in protests or in petitions. We each have one vote and the only REAL power and say we have is that VOTE. One might want to from time to time do those things but in the end the only place it really COUNTS is at the ballot box. I missed the first Federal and Quebec elections I was eligible for but since then I have voted in every one for 30 years.

Regrettably the USA with their electoral college is the same as Canada as a Parliamentary democracy with it’s first past the post system. A party or candidate can win the vote and yet legit another party or candidate wins the election.

Clinton won the vote but note to these protesters that Mr. Trump did get elected by the rules that determine your presidential elections. He will be sworn in as president and you do have 18 months to gear up for the mid-terms and that is where they should be focused and work towards. The only place where it really COUNTS is at the BALLOT BOX!


Canada's PM Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa

As I said before “Some are better, some are worse, but in the end, they are all the same” The best ones admit that they are doing a 180º from what they said in the election and explain why they are doing so. What Mr.Trudeau is doing is the usual spin we get after the election for campaign promises are used to get what you want and forgotten about afterwards. Same Old, same old. The part that bothers me the most about this is that you can be deprived of your citizenship without any hearing. Something to do with a quaint old-fashioned notion of “Your innocent until proven guilty”.