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Another Liberal party

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.

https://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/mna-francois-ouimet-throws-in-the-towel-says-premier-broke-his-word

As stated in the preceding post the Federalist party has different rules governing its’ nominations for election. Sending letter to Mr. Francois Ouimet.

 

Same old Same old

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/incumbent-liberals-who-meet-new-conditions-wont-have-to-face-nomination-challenge/article37761517/

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. 

Dual Electoral System

42nd Federal election results

Party

Liberal

Cons

NDP

Bloc

Green

Ind

Seats

184

99

44

10

1

0

Dual

301

223

128

21

2

1

House votes

54%

29%

13%

3%

0.3%

0%

Dual votes

51%

29%

18%

3%

0.5%

0.1%

With Liberal/Cons members elected the NDP & Bloc & Green go to the Liberals

Liberal/NDP members elected the Bloc & Green to NDP , Cons 2/3 to Liberals

Cons/NDP members elected the Liberal & Bloc & Green to the NDP

Liberal/Bloc members elected the NDP & Green & Cons 1/2 to each

NDP/Bloc members elected the Liberal & Green to NDP , Cons 1/2 to each

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 Commons for the legislative session and any bills requiring third reading are voted on during that session.

The main drawback of this system is if you keep the same number of ridings you will double the number of members or having the same number of members will double the size of the electoral ridings.

Benefits of the Dual Electoral System

  1. Guarantee of an opposition since no party can have more than 50% of the members.
  2. In regular sessions the members have one vote each so there will be non-partisan voting on the election of the Speaker, rules of the House (2/3 majority), procedural motions and committee membership.
  3. In legislative session you will have proportional representation since each member will have one vote for each vote received on the second count of the ballots.
  4. No party lists since your still voting for the Member of Parliament of your choice. One MP represents the majority vote in a riding and the other MP the main minority vote.
  5. No major revision of the electoral map. Ridings should only be altered when the number of electors in a riding is 50% or less of the number of electors in the largest riding. Each election few if any ridings will change. This will mitigate the political fighting over riding boundaries or size for the purpose of any real or imagined partisan gain.
  6. An incentive to vote since the more votes an MP gets the more votes they have on voting on legislation. Also ridings will increase their voting strength in the House if their voting turn out is higher than the average.
  7. All votes do count! If your first choice doesn’t get elected then one of the two candidates who did get elected will get to vote your vote because of the preference ballot.

If the dual electoral system were to be used it would have to be decided what the maximum size of the House of Commons should be. A House of Commons of 300 members would give you 150 ridings electing 2 members each. This results in an 11% reduction in the size of the Commons and a 125% increase in the size of the ridings. The Party standings in such a House would roughly be 134 Liberals, 99 Conservatives, 57 NDP, 9 Bloc, and 1 Green.

You can try it before you buy it by forming the House advisory council. This council to consist of the top two candidates for each riding. This giving a council of 676 members all having one vote in regular session. All the other candidates in each riding transfers their popular votes to one of the council members from their riding. This added to their own gives the number of votes they have in the council in legislative session. The Council in regular session advises the Commons on procedural votes and in legislative session advises the House on the passage of legislation.

 

Revere the Leader

abortion-rights-trump-mps-freedom-to-vote-their-conscienceliberal-caucus-20140819Jus In the natural governing party you revere the Leader. The Liberals have learned nothing and its still the same old same old. But are any of the other parties any better?

12.3 Key resolutions need two third majorities to be passed in the National Assembly, National Congress, and the Federal council. 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.

I have had this discussion before and what it comes down too is are you a Member of Parliament or are you a Member of Party? The answer is another more basic question the voters and taxpayers of Canada should ask. Who pays their salaries?

With the Federalist party of Canada what comes first is recognition that its the taxpayers who pay an MP’s salary and not the Party and certainly not the Party Leader. But they are also running as the Federalist’s candidate for the House so they are required to support the Party’s platform in Parliament. This support however is not and should not be the absolute that Mr. Trudue is dictating to the members of the Liberal party.

As the Federalist party’s constitution shows Federalist’s MPs can pass on a bloc vote of the caucus a limited number of times in each Parliament. Breaking party ranks beyond this brings the following penalties; first time 90 day suspension from caucus, second time 180 day suspension from caucus and National Congress, third time 1 year suspension of party membership, fourth time its bye bye you are in the wrong party!

Instead of Party discipline rigidity have a system that says you are both MP Member of Parliament and a Member of your Party. I repeat you are a Member of Parliament first why? Because where I come from the One that pays your salary is the one who gets to call the shots!

Barry Aulis

Dear Mr. Prentice

http://wwjim-prenticew.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/4-challenges-facing-jim-prentice-1.2758876

Here’s an idea for Premier Prentice. This is a proposed policy resolution.

Introduction
Non-voting members of the House of Commons
Under the standing orders of the House of Commons there shall be created a class of members called House delegates who can motion and debate but have no seat on any committee and no vote in the House of Commons.

Be it resolved
Delegates can be created by an absolute two-thirds majority vote (206) of the Commons. These delegates have a term of office for the duration of that parliament. A House delegate called a Member-emeritus can be created by an absolute three quarters majority vote (231) of the Commons. A Member-emeritus serves for the duration of five parliaments starting with the one in which they are created. All Speakers of the House become a Member-emeritus for life in the Parliament after they retire.

Be it further resolved
There shall be ex-official House delegates who are any member of the Council of Ministers or the Council of Opposition who does not have a seat in the House of Commons. Furthermore both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition shall only be House delegates. If they are members of the House of Commons at the time of appointment as Prime minister or Leader of the opposition they then shall resign that seat in the House of Commons. Also if any leader of an official political party does not have a seat in the House of Commons they shall become a delegate member of the Commons. The status of an official political party shall be granted to any party, which got 5% or more of the popular vote
in the last election or who has 1% or more of the membership in the House of Commons.

By appointment as Premier of Alberta Mr. Prentice also becomes an Assembly delegate in the Alberta legislature. As for his idea for terms limits from the Federalist party’s constitution and Bylaws.

11.0 The Party shall hold a leadership election no earlier then 3 years after the last vote and no later then 6 years after the last leadership election. The winner is elected Leader of the Party and the runner-up as the Deputy leader.

11.1 It is a vote in the National Congress in regular session that sets the month for the leadership vote. The Leader may serve at most 3 terms as Leader of the Party.

That members of the Federalist party be barred from running for the party’s nomination for the House of Commons if they have served as an MP in 6 Parliaments or have been the Federalist’s candidate 8 times.