Sunday, May 29, 2011

Amending The Constitution: A Primer

Since amending the constitution is likely to be a topic of interest over the next few years, I thought I'd put together a list of relevant information on the subject. This post will be updated as required.

Wiki's overview of the constitutional history of Canada.
Canada's constitution has been successfully amended 10 times since 1982. There has been 2 failed attempts to amend the constitution since 1982; the Meech Lake Accord and the Charlottetown Accord.

A May 26th, 2011 Harris Decima polls shows the majority of Canadians are open to amending the constitution.
For instance, 61 per cent said they're prepared to re-open the Constitution to reform or abolish the appointed Senate.
And 58 per cent said they're willing to offer constitutional amendments in a bid to finally secure Quebec's signature on the Constitution.
Fifty-eight per cent also said they're willing to open up the Constitution to change the country's electoral system.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rebuilding A Progressive Coalition

When I first began blogging many years ago Progressives were fairly united in the common cause of creating a progressive Canada that is just and fair for all. There existed a camaraderie amongst us that made this goal attainable but that changed when it was needed the most in the face of a newly elected Conservative minority government. The progressive coalition splintered into warring tribes as Grits began blaming Dippers and Dippers began blaming Grits for the derailment of our shared progressive agenda. Over the years a widening chasm, fueled by petty feuds and cheap political shots, has grown between us leading to the once unthinkable; a Conservative Majority government whose primary goal is the destruction of our progressive nation.

To reverse this slide we need to begin rebuilding the progressive coalition that once existed by setting aside the petty politics that have authored our own misfortune and once again adopt a shared progressive vision. To that end I offer a few suggestions to begin this rebuilding process.

1) Set aside the petty feuds and bitter rivalries that have built walls between us. We can't expect our politicians to set aside their differences and work together while we continue to harbour grudges against each other.
2) A progressive vision for Canada has been supplanted by a conservative one in our national discourse leaving voters with but one option to consider. We need to begin retaking the agenda by once again talking about shared progressive goals for our nation.
3) Lend support to your fellow progressive brethren. The urge to score cheap political points must give way to constructive dialogue between us.

These are but the first few steps that need to be taken if we hope to rebuild a working progressive coalition that can stand up to a Conservative majority.

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