Editor: Criticism of our politicians is all too common and points to the undeniable need for a trustworthy and progressive government to address the problems of economic disparity, the environmental crisis and an unfair and dysfunctional Canadian political system.
One of the major impediments to progress is the undemocratic “first past the post” electoral system. Some federal MPs have won their seats with as little as 37 per cent of the votes cast. With only 39 per cent of the popular vote in the last federal election, the Conservative party won a false majority increasing the widespread cynicism of politics.
Even though technology is rapidly removing the need for jobs in manufacturing, and even the retail sector, there is an enormous amount of work to be done in social development, environmental remediation and green technology. These needs must be addressed through effective, practical and progressive government policy.
For decades there have been some well-known solutions to the growing environmental crisis. However, this government’s unwillingness to support a wholesale conversion to solar energy and organic agriculture is unconscionable and irresponsible. These solutions are common sense and yet are blocked due to the lack of political will and the power of special interests.
The Leadnow organization, led by young Canadians, is creating new ways of doing politics. Formed before the 2011 election, Leadnow is advocating that the opposition parties work together to stop vote-splitting and cooperate to implement significant electoral, environmental and economic reforms.
It is a hopeful sign that young Canadians are becoming directly engaged in politics and offering practical solutions to address the profound crises that we as Canadians face.