If Parliament itself can modify or repeal legislation passed by a previous Parliament why can’t the citizens undo a direct vote?
For Canada I propose every year there is a Citizen’s Initiative ballot held on the set Election day (say fourth Monday in October). There would be 6 questions on the ballot proposed directly by the citizens of Canada. Two would be federal, two provincial, and two local. If there is a regional local entity then one question is regional and the other is municipal and if there isn’t then both local questions are municipal. An example would be Toronto where one question is for metropolitan Toronto and the other is for a municipality like North York.
The process for Federal initiatives is as follows.
Every November during that month any citizen on the voter’s list can register an initiative with Elections Canada. Each initiative has a title, introduction, main body, and summary and is registered with Elections Canada by paying a registration fee. Any registered political federal party can do the same.
Starting in December any citizen on the voter’s list can endorse one of these initiatives. This endorsement is public. Endorsement is determined nationally and provincially. The national endorsement is simply one person one endorsement and provincially it is the percentage of endorsements for each question in that province. This gives you a score out of 1000.
On January first only the top 50 initiatives in the national or provincial endorsements are kept and all others failed to get enough endorsements to get on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot in October. This will give you 50 to 100 questions depending on how many are on both lists. If you endorsed a question that gets dropped you then can endorse a different initiative that is still on one of the lists.
On February first only the top 25 questions on each list is kept for 25 to 50 initiatives.
On March first it is the top 15 question, April first the top 10, May the top 5, June the top 3, July the top 2, and on August first the top question on the national list and the top question on the provincial list that is not the former are on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot in October.
In order for an initiative to pass it needs 1/3 of the eligible voters to vote yes and a majority of those voting to vote in favour. The Brexit vote of 2016 was 37.5% yes of the eligible voters (51.9% yes out of a 72.2% voter turnout). It then becomes Law and of course can be modified or repealed by Parliament or a subsequent vote on the Citizen’s Initiative ballot.
The Federalist party now has a
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I didn’t name myself the Leader of the Federalist party of Canada because that wasn’t the point to it’s founding. I wanted a party I as a member could initiate, debate, and vote online in a member’s assembly whose approval was REQUIRED to pass party bylaws and policy resolutions. If the Leadership bylaw passes I then formally become Leader of the party I founded. I will seriously consider running to become elected acting Leader of the party. I almost for sure will not run to be elected interim Leader and will never run to be the permanent Leader of the Federalist party.
Barry Aulis email@example.com
You are cordially invited to vote in a trial voting session of the national assembly of the Federalist party of Canada. The voting period begins at 1AM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 30. The voting period ends at 11PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 31. To vote click on VOTE under National assembly December. When the login window pops up enter your name and password. If you wish to have a resolution voted on under the order paper tab on the national assembly page is motion and fill out the form. I will accept new resolutions up till December 15. At that point on the order paper page I will list what is up for a vote in the Assembly. If you wish to vote sent me your name and a password with no capital and all letters by December 25. On January first you can login and see the results. The results are unofficial and wont be recorded on the party’s website since non members who have been invited to vote are well voting. A chance for Canadians to take a look and show them how democracy of the membership works in the Federalist party of Canada.
Barry Aulis firstname.lastname@example.org
The Estate-General of Québec
First Order: The first order of the Estate-General of Québec is the elected members. All candidates in the last general election or by-election become members of the first order of the estates. Each member shall have votes in the order equal to their popular vote in the election. The first order may introduce a resolution for a vote before the full Estate-General by a petition of introduction. The votes of the members signing the petition must be equal to 20% of the votes cast in the last general election. In this last Quebec election that would be 883,288 votes. Each member can sign only one petition a year. This gives you the first order of the estates being able to have the Estate-General vote on 4 resolutions.
Second Order: The second order of the Estate-General of Québec is the registered members. The registered members are those who voted in the last general election that registered to become a member of the second order after the election. Registration is no more than 90 days after the election and includes a registration fee. No member of the first order can become a member of the second order. The second order may introduce a resolution for a vote before the full Estate-General by a petition of initiation. This petition must be signed by at least 20% of the members of the second order. Each member can sign only one petition a year. The second order can have the Estate-General vote on a maximum of 4 resolutions.
Third Order: This is the full Estate-General of Québec. All those who voted in the last general election are members of the third order. Once a year on a set-voting day the Estate-General will vote on those resolution introduced by the first two orders. All resolutions passed by the Estate-General of Québec have the force of law and supersede those passed by the National Assembly. The Estate-General and only the Estate-General can amend the Constitution of the province of Québec. Quorum of the Estate-General is a majority of the eligible voters for the last general election or a 2/3 majority of the votes cast in that election which ever is the lesser. For this last election that would be 2,959,890 votes or 2,944,292. The lesser at 2,944,292, which is a 2/3 majority of the votes cast in the last election would be the Quorum for a vote of the Estate-General of Quebec during this Parliament.
Who owns the Government of Quebec, we do, not the Premier, not cabinet, and not the National Assembly. Why because its the voters as the taxpayers who pay all the bills not the Premier, not cabinet, and not the National Assembly.
I’ve updated the website. It now incorporates the WordPress.com blogs directly on the website. The old website has been retired but still exists at the wix.com account.
I joined the Liberal party of Canada in May of this year. I hope to get the concept of replacing the delegate to convention model replaced by direct democracy of the membership. But it seems everyone would rather talk then DO and complain then TRY something new.