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Make no mistake about it, Motion 86 put forward by the Green Party was a very important event. Most importantly, it showed that the stranglehold on committees of the legislative assembly by majority governments can be overcome. Thanks to politicians who are able and willing to think outside the box and stick their collective jaw out there for the greater public good. Well done!
Now just imagine if we had proportional representation or independent members of the assembly. In all likelihood, we would not see as much party-driven partisan government again, ever. The chokehold of the old, two-party system would become dependent upon the collaboration of third parties and/or independents.
The news on July 8 out of Ottawa illustrates just how badly this country needs electoral reform. Citizens were aware the federal government was running a deficit but to see it grow to $343 billion in such a short period of time under this administration is shocking, mind-boggling and irresponsible. Unfortunately our federal government failed miserably and that assessment includes the Conservative and NDP who disappeared into the sunset when their presence was most needed. Shameful.
Time for citizens to start looking for representatives whose primary interest will be the welfare and security of their constituents. Whether they run for one of the established political parties or as an independent is irrelevant, as long as they work for the common good.
Thank you Greens for showing it is possible.