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According to a media release by Fair Vote Canada, Canada has suffered through an election that is “…one of the least legitimate majorities in Canadian history”, with , the Conservatives winning 54.22% of the seats with only 39.62% of the vote. Vote splitting is a curse imposed by an electoral system designed for a two-party system. In the name of stability (did anyone count the number of times Harper used that word in the campaign?), the corporate elites would love to see Canada with only two parties so they could manipulate them as one. Stability is just a code word for allowing the elites to do what they want, whenever they want. Another name for that kind of “stability” is totalitarianism.
We can see what such stability means in the US with no difference today between the Democrats and Republicans, save perhaps the marketing companies they each use. What is the solution for this country if we are to save representative democracy? Proportional representation allows for all votes to count in a multi party landscape. If we are talking about real equality in a representative democracy we need to agitate for change all the more. Today, we’ll talk to Wayne Smith of Fair Vote Canada about electoral change, why we need it, how we can get it, and what other countries do to elect politicians.
Also on the injustice front, last week saw the long-awaited Supreme Court of Canada judgement on the appeal launched by the Ontario government that, in short, ends up denying farm workers the right to unionize. We’ll talk to Windsor lawyer Victoria Cross about the decision, including ramifications for labour in general in Canada.
According to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, “ … the decision by the highest court in the land is the latest chapter in a decades-long battle to provide statutory labour rights protection and collective bargaining for Ontario’s 80,000 domestic and migrant agriculture workers.”
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