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The Three Choices

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The three choices:

This doesn’t refer to Stevie, Tom, and Justin. The three choices are a reform of the government formation process. In a tight three way race it is not inconceivable that the party that has the most seats in a minority situation is the party that got the third most votes in the General election or worst yet a majority. What if the incumbent PM refused to step down even though their party has the third most seats but argues they got the most in the popular vote? Anyone remember December of 2008? It is all left to a patronage appointee the Governor-General to decide the issue and with the incumbent PM right there insisting they must do what ever they say or overthrow our democracy. The three choices set out clear rules what is to be done after each election.

Largest: The leader of the party with the most seats is called upon to form a government. If the seat count is equal then the one with the larger popular vote. No non-confidence motions, no vote can bring down a government. This is replaced by a motion of dissolution. By an absolute majority (170 / 338) the House can dissolve Parliament and trigger new elections. It can’t replace a government only trigger new elections. The PM can’t ask the Governor-General for early elections. It’s fixed the next election is on the set election day or an early election triggered by a motion of dissolution passed by the Commons.

House election: At the start of each Parliament the Speaker after the members of the House of Commons are sworn in asks “who should the Governor-General call upon to form a government”? The four most endorsed candidates are invited to Rideau Hall and asked to form a council-designate, a government-in-waiting. After each leader forms a proposed government of say 16 to 20 members the Speaker puts the question to the House “which of these councils-designate has the confidence of this House”? The two with the least are dropped from the second ballot. The Commons votes a second time with the winner becoming the Council of Ministers and the loser the Council of Opposition. As with the above no vote in the House triggers an election only an absolute majority passing a motion of dissolution can trigger an election before the set election day. No vote can replace the current government with another. The Council of Ministers is the government for the duration of that Parliament.

Separate election: The same as a municipal election namely a vote for a mayor, the executive election, and a vote for the councillor, the legislative election. In this case a vote for an executive council to be the government in the next Parliament and a vote for your Member of Parliament. The executive and legislative elections are separate and institute a preference ballot. If on the first count of the ballots a candidate got a majority their elected. No candidate got a majority, count the ballots a second time with only the top two being counted and the one with the majority is elected. In order for an executive council of again say 16 to 20 members to get on the ballot they must be endorsed by the candidates for the House of Commons in the last election. Each candidate has votes equal to their popular vote. The four most endorsed executive councils are on the ballot. In this there is no early elections. Parliament just like municipal elections has a fixed term and set election day.

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Senate Appointments

1024px-Flag_of_the_Governor-General_of_Canada.svgOld method by the Political Monarch (PM)

The Governor-General of Canada shall by custom and NEW precedence make appointments to the Senate of Canada upon the advice of the Senate Appointment Council. This council is the top two candidates in each riding in the last Federal or By-election for every riding.

Cons    NDP    Lib    Bloc    Green    Ind    Total                                     226      219     114       46          4           7        616                                        37%     36%     19%    7%       0.6%     1.1 %

In PEI the top 2 provincial candidates would be 50% Lib and 50% Cons. In Alberta Cons 49% / Wild Rose 42% / Liberal 5% / NDP 4%.

When a seat becomes vacant a qualified candidate is nominated by any two members from the same riding. All nominees are put to a Yes or No vote by secret ballot of the Appointment council. To be recommended for appointment takes a 2/3 majority vote of the council. If there is more then one candidate then the one with the most votes is the one appointed.

All Senators can not be members or contributors to political parties. The Senate should be able to send a bill back to the House of Commons with amendments by a majority vote. Then send it back a second time with objections by a 2/3 majority vote and if passed by the House of Commons a third time the Senate is to pass it and give it to the Governor-General for Royal Assent. Only the ability to delay, recommend, and object.

The composition of the Senate should be changed. Give 3 seats to all provinces plus the Natives and 1 seat to each territory. This gives you 36 seats from 12 “regions”. Distribute another 36 seats among these 12 regions on the basis of population. Half of the 72 Senate members is determined by population and the other half by equal regional representation. The result is Ontario 16 / Quebec 11 / BC 8 / Alberta 7 / PEI 3 / Each territory 1 / and all others NS, NB, SK, Man, Nfld, Natives will have 4 seats each.

Dumb, dumber, and just plain stupid

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The answer is…..

Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and the members of the Liberal and Conservative parties.

Conservative nomination story

Liberal nomination story

Both the Conservatives and Liberals are having trouble over their nominations. I quit the NDP in 2009 because as a riding president I received an email from the national office stating that to run in an nomination election you first had to be approved by the national office. I was an activist member for 7 years at that point and simply left the party. I had no say in this policy that just appears out of the blue. I founded a new federal party to operate differently then this.

13.0 Amendments to the Constitution of the Federalist Party of Canada shall be voted on and passed solely by the National Assembly of the Party.

The registered members of the federalist party vote directly by internet ballot on the party’s constitution. I personally would support adding the option of a mail-in ballot for members.

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.

The rules that govern nomination elections must be passed by the National Assembly.

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.

An independent non partisan election officer with a long term of office. The federalist party’s equivalent to the chief electoral officer.

4.7 The Congress in regular session by a 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 a two-thirds majority vote can rescind the Candidacy of a member after they have won the nomination election.

If your eligible to run for the House of Commons for that riding and are a
member in good standing you can automatically run for the nomination. Only the National Congress can bar you from running. The Congress is the top two candidates for the nomination in each riding and thus is 676 members.

11.3 The Leader shall sign all nomination and Election Canada papers. Any
refusal shall mean the automatic and immediate expulsion from the Party.

The members decide who will be the nominee with review by the National Congress. In the Federalist party of Canada the Leader CAN’T toss you under the bus.

Acting president Barry Aulis