It’s like deja vu, all over again

This brilliant article by John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail pretty much sums up the political landscape in Canada.

However, I wouldn’t say that the political system in Canada has malfunctioned.   In technical terms, I believe this is called “user failure”.   Political ideologues are wrestling at the controls, as the car speeds toward the brick wall.   Parliamentary suicide, if you will.

Ibbitson’s article is a good primer for those of you who are unfamiliar with the Parliamentary system of government and of Canada’s recent past.  The bottom line is that our system of government grants the ability to rein in* the wingnut fringes of political parties who manage to win minority governments.  Minority governments stay in power by learning to play well with others and can sometimes result in reasonable, well-thought-out compromises in policy.

Or, at least, they used to.

But today Canadians find themselves in a never-ending election loop, caught between a conservative micro-manager** whose tenuous party leadership rests on achieving the elusive majority government he promised, and a succession of liberal leaders who never seem to learn from their predecessors’ monomaniacal tendencies to blow up the Death Star at all costs.

It’s the Canadian public paying the price. 

Ironically, the most reasonable and rational of the bunch (not to mention the best dressed) is a Quebec separatist

Yeah, we’re probably fucked.  But it’s not the system.  It’s the lack of judgment and leadership of the people we elected.

Well, that 60% of us elected.


*For some reason, few grammatical errors bother me more than the incorrect use of “rein in”.  It’s not “reign in”.  OK?

** And cat-lover.


6 Responses to “It’s like deja vu, all over again”

  1. September 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    But — if you don’t blow up the Death Star, you’ll DIE!

    • 2 shoeboxdweller
      September 14, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Snay, we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Truly. It would be fascinating if it wasn’t so depressing. Or at least, fascinating to a nerd like me.

  2. September 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Was that a dig at cat-lovers? I will paint whiskers on you in your sleep, woman.

  3. 5 f.B
    September 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I know we get to make choices and that the votes we cast determine blah blah blah… But I still find myself feeling trapped by “the process” when things aren’t what my vote intended them to be.

    • 6 shoeboxdweller
      September 15, 2009 at 1:08 am

      Or when we have high hopes for candidates who turn out to be less than promised. That’s happened to me a number of times…not that my expectations are high, mind you…

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