brexitI’m a little surprised that the UK voted to leave the European Union. But the citizens are the owners and if that’s their choice then that’s their choice. Hopefully everyone who wanted to vote got to vote. A 73% voter turnout which means with the result that 38% of all voters voted to leave. Big picture and long term the citizens of the UK are going to find it wasn’t a smart decision. Decision based more upon how you feel about it then any rational and factual bases do tend to be at best for short term advantage and nothing more.


Same old, same old

TE“Some are better, and some are worst, but in the end they are all the same.”


A question I haven’t heard in the comments on Mr. Trudeau’s action is Why was he out of his chair in the first place? The complete and total hypocrisy of any comments from any member of the Conservative party is lost on them.

Just like what I recommend for dealing with confirmation of appointments should be done for legislation. There is a set period of time for debate. The Commons by super majorities can shorten that debate and by minorities lengthen that debate. Something like this.

  • Automatic vote on a bill 180 days after introduction, unless the following
  • By a vote of 90% of the full House (303) bill is voted on 30 days after introduction
  • By a vote of 75% of the full House (252) 60 days
  • By a vote of 67% of the full House (224) 90 days
  • By a vote of 60% of the full House (202) 120 days
  • By a vote of 50% of the full House (168) 360 days
  • By a vote of 33% of the full House (112) 270 days
  • By a vote of 25% of the full House (84) 240 days
  • By a vote of 10% of the full House (34) 210 days

The Liberals by themselves don’t have the votes to bring a bill to a vote faster then the set 180 days. The opposition combined could set a bill vote back to 9 months after being introduced. The conservatives alone could lengthen the debate to 8 months and the NDP by itself to 7 months. If the Liberals got the agreement of the NDP they could pass a bill 90 days after it being introduced and with the Conservatives 60 days after introduction.

The majority can’t ram through and the minority can’t block.

“The power of democracy is vested in the majority and in the minority it’s principle.” Barry Aulis

First Election

Fair_Vote_Canada_logoI ran for a seat on the National council for Fair vote Canada. 15 candidates with 8 being elected to seats on the council. I came in 14th out the 15 candidates.

“If you can’t accept losing then you shouldn’t run in the election.”

Note that the DONALD!!! demands he get supported now by the GOP but never firmly committed to support the GOP ticket if he wasn’t the nominee and has gone to threaten violence if he isn’t. Warning signs are all there. Time for the “establishment” to stop giving any support to this man!

Presiding at Conventions

images.duckduckgo.comNow Mr. Ryan has to toady up to the DONALD!!! or else.

Again a different way of doing things. In the Federalist Party there would be a National by-law called the National Convention By-law that would govern the way the Party’s national conventions are held. How do you get a national by-law? By a 2/3 majority vote of the National Assembly, or a 60% vote in the Assembly and National Congress, or a majority vote in the Assembly, Congress, and National council. The Assembly is all Party members who registered for the Assembly. The Congress is the top 2 candidates for the Party’s nomination for the House of Commons. The National council is the Party leadership and appointed members.

For presiding officers there would be 4. One is elected every 4 years by the National Assembly. The term of office is 16 years and no re-elections. The most senior gets to be the President of the conventions held during their 4 year term as the most senior. The second in seniority will be the Vice-president for those same 4 years. The other two are the senior and junior assistants to the convention president. No person who holds public office can be one of these presiding officers. It should be a way of honouring those who have worked for the Party and are capable of handling such duties. Chosen by the Party membership and to serve ALL that membership in this roll within the Party.

Irish Government

EndaKennyIn a vote 70 days after the General election in February the Irish Republic has a minority government.

The above is a link to a post after that election detailing a different process on government formation. The fourth Monday after the vote the lower House of the Irish parliament meets to swear in the members and elect it’s speaker. The newly elected speaker puts the question to the House “who should the Irish President call upon to form a government?” Names comes from the floor and if they get 5% of the House (8) endorsements they get called upon to form a  government-designate of 7 to 15 members. If there are more then 4 such nominated individuals the House then votes to endorse one candidate for Prime minister with the four with the most votes getting endorsed. Tuesday the nominated PM-designates are invited by the President to form a government. All of this is worked out even before Parliament meets. On Wednesday, 27 days after the election the Question is put to the House “Who does this House have confidence in to form a government of the Republic of Ireland?” The 2 councils with the least votes form shadow councils in the House. The top two go to a second ballot and the winner becomes the Council of Ministers in that Parliament and the runner up the Council of Opposition. Thursday the shadow councils are swore in before the House and on Sunday the Council of Opposition then the Council of Ministers is sworn in to office at Government House.

A government is in office for the duration of Parliament with no confidence motions. A minister may be dismissed at any time by  a 60% majority vote with quorum. The Prime minister can be dismissed at any time by an absolute 60% majority (95). The House can trigger another government formation vote like the one at the start of each Parliament this takes an absolute two thirds majority vote (105). A new election happens ONLY by a motion of dissolution passed by an absolute three quarters majority vote (118).

Fair vote National council

Fair_Vote_Canada_logoI’m one of 15 candidates in the 2016 election for 8 seats on the National council for Fair vote Canada. To any members of Fair vote Canada, welcome! Any questions just ask email is

I founded the Federalist Party in 2009 because none of the other parties had something I wanted (and I looked at all of them). This being a National Assembly of a Party that uses the new tools of the Internet to innovate the process of party governance. An online, duly constituted, deliberative,  rank and file members, parliamentary body that uses the Internet to debate and discuss and has online voting to render it’s decisions. I worked on a farm at the time and we all can’t just get away to attend meetings or conventions. Instead why don’t we……………. and the Federalist party of Canada. The other parties particularly the Conservatives and Liberals had a lot of things I didn’t like. If you want things done right, do it yourself, so I did. The purpose not being to put myself in a leadership position and not to have the policies I want but rather to belong to a Party that has a “National Assembly” where I as a activate rank and file member can participate and vote. Most importantly this body’s approval is required for all resolutions, all national by-laws,  and it and only it can amend the constitution of the Party. If it seems I have a chip on the shoulder it’s because I do and these are the people that charge things. Because the status quo is no longer acceptable and the great reformers are the ones that come up with the answer to the question “If not this, then what”? Thanks for the time Acting president Barry Aulis.

Manitoba Election 2016

manitobalegThe results of the April 19, 2016 general election. Also the results using the Dual Electoral System. The Greens came second in 4 ridings, the Manitoba party in 2 ridings, and 1 Independent came second in the riding of Agassiz.



Popular vote

Dual seats

Legislative vote





~ 53%





~ 35%





~ 8%





~ 2%





~ 1%






36 Ridings: PC / NDP

9 Ridings: PC / Liberal

5 Ridings: NDP / Liberal

3 Ridings: PC / Green

2 Ridings: PC / Manitoba

1 Riding: NDP / Green

1 Riding: PC / Ind

Green party ridings:

La Verendrye – Janine Gibson / Midland – Stacey O’neill

Morden Winkler – Mike Urichuk / Wolseley – David Nickarz

Manitoba party ridings:

Arthur Virden – Frank Godon / Spruce woods – Malcolm Mckellar

Independent riding: Agassiz – Damian Dempsey

With an Assembly of 60 members and the top 2 elected from 30 ridings should give something like