Posted by: jmtoriel | March 29, 2011

Bankrupt ideologies, measuring what’s bad for us and the need to bring in responsible representation

30 days to go and the same status quo rhetoric seems to prevail amongst the “major parties”… Coalition united the right, but coalition seizes power on the left. The Tories are focused on decreasing corporate taxes, building more prisons, spending $30 billion+ on F35s and raising deficits are necessary to balancing the budget in the future on the right, while NDP are attacking BIG Banks and proposing to eradicate the Senate that they can only dream of getting appointed to instead of a more measured non-populist-heavy-union-backed approach. Regional parties, like the Bloc, take advantage of our failed system by promising to fight for the best interests of the region — which is attractive to those living there, wanting more representation in Parliament — even though the mantra of party mandate is to sever the country!

I’ve had enough with bankrupt ideologies and polling strategy assessments to determine the fate of our country. There is no valid reason that a clear voice of reason should be excluded from the debate — quite literally.

Left-right politics only raises the bar on unscrupulous narratives about what few volatile seats (50 out of 308) may switch to form a similar dysfunctional minority that are churning the same old political ideas and economic ideologies that got us where we are today. The dialogue and national debates will lack the fresh scope that is so badly needed in these times of turbulence.

Our system is broke and it needs fixing. Partisan messaging on short-term seat shuffling will only provide more of the same, but there’s one riding, Saanich-Gulf Islands, that gives me hope that we may (pardon the pun) have a more civil political future.

Wouldn’t it be great to freshen things up a bit with a woman leader that raises issues like a long-term national energy plans and transportation policies that do not rely on the capital and carbon intensive extraction of tarsands to send down a pipeline to somewhere else? Or reassessing our use of nuclear energy and uranium, coal, and asbestos mining (again, almost completely for export)?

Or how about the very principles of our democratic system and how it is failing us? Lessons in the last UK and Australian elections with “hung” Parliamentary results (no clear winner determined until coalitions formed among 3rd parties and or independents) highlight the need to bring in more representational electoral systems and do away with the archaic Westminster system that has shown a rise in power with the PMO and a dwindling of engaged, non-combative style politics.

We need to move forward with focus blinders that do not continuously swing ideologically to the left or right. We need an economy that does not completely rely on resource-based extraction — often owned and run by foreign mega-corporations that have no sensibilities passed the bottom-line. As a relatively small economy and population, we are more susceptible to global hickups and killing innovation in manufacturing and tech sectors. When commodities like oil and gold soar (as they are now) in an unstable global economic world,  with a troubled, powerful neighbour, our dollar rising past parity is no coincidence and not good for our export markets.

Another important recognition by May and the Greens is the admission that our current economic measures, like the GDP (as a reminder: Investments+Consumption+Gov’t Expenditures[exports-imports]), is a big part of the problem. Let’s look at the tragic earthquake in Japan for example.

Economists said GDP in the first and second quarters of calendar 2011 will be pushed down by a fall in industrial production because factories in northern Japan were damaged and distribution networks have been disrupted.

But they expect GDP to rebound from the July-September quarter onward as the positive effect of public reconstruction spending supports private consumption and business investment.

It’s subtle, but essentially this is saying that because of rebuilding costs, rescue/emergency and insurance spending along costs associated with what has been rebuilt after being destroyed as opposed to , GDP growth will rise like the radiation levels. Similarly, wars have the same devastating consequences to this irrational measure that only adds up the economic factors involved. The solution is to implement a Canadian Index of Wellbeing that does not account for the negative growth attributes that are obviously not beneficial to the nation’s social and environmental attributes as a whole.

In recognition that most of the developed countries realize that we need high-quality labour-intensive green businesses and jobs to thrive in a more local and “green” economy, we also need something else to help make that happen. A more democratic and responsible representation would make Canada more resilient to the global problems the status quo continue to ignore or mismanage.

‘Nough said, Go May GO!



  1. There is something to fear from Ms May.. and that may be that she is well versed on many topics and will want to debate some things that have been, so far, buried.

    Ms May may represent a threat to the establishment because she has ties only to the grassroots and is unaffected by the lobbyists and special interests.

    Because she represents the long term interests of Canadians she may be something to run from.

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