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Hypocrisy

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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/citizenship-revocation-trudeau-harper-1.3795733

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”.

 

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Fixed date elections

Image With the recent election in Quebec and the new one in Ontario we should should have fixed date elections like our municipalities and do away with elections called by the political monarch (PM or Premier) or by confidence votes. Have federal and provincial elections every 4 years. A federal election in 2015 and every 4 years after and provincial elections in 2017 and every 4 years after. Municipal elections to be held only in even numbered years. A set election date of the last Monday in October.

Election

Last

Term

Next

Term

Fixed

Federal

May 2011

4 1/2

Oct 2015

4

2019 +4

BC

June 2013

>

>

4 1/2

2017 +4

Alberta

April 2012

2 1/2

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Sask

Nov 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Man

Oct 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Ont

June 2014

>

>

3 1/3

2017 +4

Que

April 2014

>

>

3 1/2

2017 +4

NB

Sept 2010

4

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

NS

Oct 2013

>

>

4

2017 +4

PEI

Oct 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Nfld

Oct 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Yukon

Oct 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

NWT

Oct 2011

3

Oct 2014

3

2017 +4

Nunavut

Oct 2013

>

>

4

2017 +4

At the start of each parliament hold a government election. A Leader forms a council-designate with the 4 most endorsed going to a vote. The third and fourth placed councils sworn in as executive councils. The top two going to a second vote. The winner becoming the council of ministers and the runner up the council of opposition for the duration of that parliament. No confidence motions. A motion of dismissal passed by a 2/3 majority can remove any minister from office. An absolute 2/3 majority can remove the Prime minister (206 / 308 next 226 / 338) or Premier (Quebec 84 / 125).

Disciplinary motion

rob-fordShould municipal councils have the authority to suspend or remove from office any municipal official? Yes!  From least to severest a municipal council should be able to impose the following penalties on those who hold a public office in that municipality.

  • A motion of reprimand which is the proverbial slap on the wrist but an official one done by an absolute majority on the council which for the Toronto city council is 23 out of the 44 councillors.
  • A motion of censure that imposes a fine with the defendant losing their salary until the amount equals or exceeds the fine. This is to be done by an absolute 60% majority that for Toronto is 27 votes on the city council.
  • A motion of suspension that of course suspends an official from office for a temporary period with or without pay for that period of time. This motion is to be passed by an absolute two-thirds majority for Toronto that’s 30 votes.
  • A motion of dismissal that shall remove the defendant from office and this is to be passed by an absolute three quarters majority that for Toronto’s city council is 33 votes.

Of course Toronto’s city Councillors can be subjected to a disciplinary motion as well. A Councillor can’t vote on their own motion leaving you with 43 members voting. All motions requiring one less vote to pass except a motion of dismissal.

Nova Scotia Election

Nova_ScotiaIn the recent provincial election in Nova Scotia the Liberals got 65% of the seats with 45% of the vote so much for representative. Here’s a comparison using the dual electoral system.

Dual Electoral System: A preference ballot is used for voting. The candidate with the number one on a ballot gets one vote. The two candidates with the most votes are elected. The ballots are counted a second time with the elected candidate with the lower number getting one vote. Each elected member will have one ” member vote ” in the House to be used in regular sessions and one ” legislative vote ” for each vote received on the second count of the ballots. These votes are voted when the House is in legislative session and is used to pass what else, legislation! One day a week is set by the Assembly for the legislative session and any bills requiring third reading are voted on during that session. http://thegreybook.wikispaces.com/Dual+electoral+system

Party

% Vote

Seats

Dual Seats

Legislative votes

Liberal

45%

33

44

51% +/- 2%

NDP

27%

7

34

26% +/- 2%

Conservatives

27%

11

24

23% +/- 2%

Maria Mourani

442_1_jpg_142x230_autocrop_q85A Leader of a Federal party unilaterally expelling one of it”s MPs from caucus not for any vote in the Commons but for an opinion that contradicts the Leader’s position not on federal policy but on a PROPOSED law in Quebec.

Maria Mourani, who was kicked out of the Bloc Québécois caucus over her opposition to the Parti Québécois’ proposed charter of Quebec values, says she has decided to quit the party.

Mourani told reporters gathered at a press conference in her home riding of Ahuntsic in Montreal Friday morning that she was very saddened by the turn of events, which have left her questioning her involvement within the sovereigntist movement.

“Was my expulsion from the Bloc the conclusion of a succession of events in which an election-driven strategy took precedence over the defense of basic human rights?” Mourani said. “I wonder.”

From the provisional constitution

11.4    The National caucus shall consist of all Party members who are members of the House of Commons. The caucus by an absolute two-thirds majority vote can suspend an MP from caucus.

12.3    Key resolutions need three-quarter majorities to be passed in the National Assembly and National Congress. The Federal Council must also pass such resolutions with a two-thirds majority vote. Key resolutions are motioned in the National policy committee. These resolutions form the National Party Platform and are binding upon a Federalist government and all Federalist MPs. Each Federalist MP can vote as they choose in the House of Commons. They may vote against a key resolution without penalty a number of times in each Parliament equal to the number of times they have been elected to the Commons.

If you wont to change our politics you must first start with the parties. Barry.

By-elections part 2

A re-BobRae-HiRes-1282x1750posting of an earlier post. Here’s another way of setting the by-elections for Bourassa (Denis Coderre) and Toronto Centre (Bob Rae) independent of the Prime Minister. There would be four set election dates, which would be three months apart on which you would hold any by-elections. For example the set election dates could be the first Monday in the months of March, June, September, and December. When a Commons seat goes vacant the Speaker of the House informs the Chief Electoral Officer of the vacancy and the By-election would be on the second set election date after the seat goes vacant. If Coderre had waited 2 days the by-elections for Bourassa and Toronto Centre would of been on Monday December 2. All by-elections would be 3 to 6 months after a seat goes vacant. When the Partisan kiddies fight over the election date toy you take it away from them! Barry.