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.