I awaken with a postelection hangover, with grave concern for Canadian democracy with Stephen Harper's Conservative party forming a majority for the next four years ["Stephen Harper promises to govern for those who didn't vote Conservative", web-only].
I fear for the further erosion of democracy as Harper, besides continuing to thumb his nose at the very institutional practices that define parliamentary governance, takes away the voice of the people with the removal of government funding to support the varied political voices that form our country.
The right wing will be delighted with this move because the only party guaranteed financial support is that which appeals to the chambers of commerce. That special-interest group has deep pockets to finance its political puppets in Ottawa.
How is it that we can say we have a democracy when 60 percent of the electorate disagrees with the party in power? Forty percent dictate to the majority. Is that not the definition of a dictatorship?
How can I feel other than disenfranchised as a Canadian citizen? The Conservative motto was "Here for Canada". Am I not part of Canada? Or am I only Canadian if I happen to agree with the Conservative agenda?
How can I support a government whose economic-development plan is to increase the punitive component of the justice system, create jobs by imprisoning more Canadians, and privatize the operations to reward those who financed the Conservative election machine? How is that progressive or even humane?
I know that the likes of Jon Ferry and other right-wing media pundits will reuse the term wingnut on me, but here goes: what would be progressive is a change in how we elect government, moving away from first past the post to a proportionally representative type of governance.
Until then, we are faced with a dictatorship. The damage that the Conservatives will do now that they are in a majority is yet to be discovered.
> J. Evanochko / Langley