Why do we need DNR Part 1

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Why do we need DNR Part 1

Post by WestViking »

DNR (Do Not Re-elect) is an election strategy aimed at taking the election campaign narrative away from political parties and substituting our own.

We get lost in the weeds, trying to figure out who we should vote for. We do not really trust any of them to govern responsibly. The BQ and Greens are outliers, each with a narrow agenda that is not conducive to national economic and social recovery. The People’s Party suffered a really bad start but has policies worthy of consideration and debate. The Conservatives, Liberals and NDP have not distinguished themselves over the last two decades. We have suffered through 7 federal elections starting in 2000:

37th General Election, November 27, 2000
38th General Election, June 28, 2004
39th General Election, January 23, 2006
40th General Election, October 14, 2008
41st General Election, May 2, 2011
42nd General Election, October 19, 2015
43rd General Election, October 21, 2019

We are weary of being treated to weeks of political parties slagging on another, playing silly political games to score points on social media sites, dozens of insincere promises and no change in how we are governed. We are in for another election within the next twelve months.

Our entire political structure is stuck somewhere in the mid-1960s except for our Prime Minster who is stuck a good decade earlier when we had high hopes for the United Nations and a lasting peace. Over the years the UN has wandered off into a hybrid Marxist/Socialist paradise doing its best to take control over western democracies.

The world has undergone dramatic changes over the past five decades, but our governments have not. They are not meeting the challenges we face today or adapting to shifting geo-political powers. Political parties have become so fixated on power struggles, they no longer remember why they were elected and have effectively tossed democratic representation in the waste bin.

The powers concentrated in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is an insult to democracy. The PMO cannot include the Privy Council in any democracy. The Privy Council is a neutral body reporting to the Governor General. The Clerk of the Privy Council is also the head of the Public Service. As part of a neutral Governor General’s Office, the privy council Clerk prevents politicization of the Public Service. The PM and Cabinet cannot put their own people into key positions.

The Prime Minister should be seeking the guidance of his Cabinet and caucus in formulating government policy rather than relying on the advice of highly paid, unelected public relations and political strategy people. We need a government that does things right because they are right instead of acting solely to secure re-election.

The opposition has completely failed us and over the two decades, all have been in opposition ranks. There has been no effort to prioritize the nation’s needs and important issues such as:

1. indigenous reconciliation;
2. the ongoing horrific disappearances of women and girls;
3. armed forces spending;
4. a convoluted and largely incomprehensible tome of an income tax act;
5. gun and gang violence in urban centres;
6. the flight of business investments;
7. destruction of the oil and gas sector of the economy;
8. a broken criminal justice system;
9. federal incursions in provincial jurisdictions; and
10. an unjustifiable “equalization” program.

The term ‘government accountability’ has become a sick joke. It does not exist in our parliament. Worse, out parliament has chosen to recuse itself for six months rather than carry out the duties its members were elected for and in violation of their oaths of office.

The message is that our elected representatives are not essential to good governance during a virus epidemic/crisis, but by their actions, are incapable of democratic rule and irrelevant. Where do we turn to when those we elected to represent us fail to do their duty?

Turning over unfettered control to a minority government for six months is not democracy at work. Refusing to sit as a parliament during a crisis is not democracy at work. We need to fight back and insist on a return to democratic governance.

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Re: Why do we need DNR Part 1

Post by Ursus »

Until we get rid of the socialist/communist virus that infects for the most part Ontario through to the Maritimes/NFLD, any major change for better governance is damn near impossible. It is another reason why I hold that Confederation/federalism is a dead horse.
Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris
Quia non est alius
Qui pugnet pro nobis
Nisi tu Deus noster.

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Re: Why do we need DNR Part 1

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Traditionally, we have allowed political parties to set the narrative during an election campaign. No one, including members of the media, ask hard questions or raise issues the hired political strategists and public relation people studiously avoid.

Political parties never raise the issues important to us unless they sense a "gotcha" opportunity to hit one of their opponents with. We don't have to accept that. We make it clear that we do not intend to re-elect incumbents who got us into this mess.

We do not have to convince everyone. If we can get 3.5% of the electors who cast votes to shift their voted to whoever is best other than an incumbent, we will bring about a seismic change in election results. There are many electoral districts won with 10% or less of ballots cast. They are all venerable to change.

A major proportion of the electorate is fed up with the Ottawa circus. We must seize the opportunity to motivate them into action. If we fail to express our outrage, we cannot expect improvement. We have an "I'm fed up and won't take this anymore" moment. The outrageous behaviour of those we elected need to be roundly criticized. Let's get at it.

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Re: Why do we need DNR Part 1

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The PPC is currently considering its formal structure going forward and has asked members for input on a constitution for the party. I have suggested a national council so that the grass roots has a chance to advise the leader. For the time being it seems obvious that Max Bernier would lead the party into the next election but he might benefit from having a deputy leader who was located further west in Canada and spoke English fluently.

I am hopeful that the CPC will see the writing on the wall and stop their long-term drift to the political centre which is already occupied by the Liberals quite effectively. They need to re-unite the political right and formulate policies that are pro-business and pro-liberty. If they do that I think they can win (and they would probably facilitate a merger with the PPC or at least a strategic withdrawal to a few contested ridings).

Personally I could support a CPC leader who took reasonable positions and didn't simply try to offer a blue version of the Liberal template with slightly different details. If we get Mackay then I am pretty certain that's what the CPC will look like. With each of the other candidates, it's more of a wait and see with some hope for each of them to deliver a better platform but in some cases no guarantee of it. There's a party elite that needs to be shaken up and moved away from the controls. They remind me of that German pilot who locked himself in the cockpit and crashed into the mountain.

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Re: Why do we need DNR Part 1

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We looked how our elected representatives abandoned us during what they claim is a crisis. Over the past three months, our governments federal and provincial have gone to extraordinary lengths to tell us how deadly the coronavirus is.

That is true in some settings, such as personal care facilities where residents and staff cannot get away from one another, protocols for a contagious illness were not in place, there was no adequate supply of personal protective equipment, and facilities were badly understaffed.

In Part 1, I listed ten items that our government is ignoring during the crisis they invented. There are many more. The current protests in major cities are another distraction. Politicians make gestures but nothing changes.

People ask me what we can do to bring about real change. There is a lot we can do.

In the 2019 election, 93 seats (27.5%) were won by less than 10% of votes cast. They are vulnerable to change.

We employ a DNR campaign. Do Not Re-elect incumbents. The most vulnerable seats will shift from party to party. Other seats won by 10% to 19% will also shift. All incumbents will see their margins sink. The odds of any party achieving a majority will drop, as they should. None of them have earned a right to govern. Collectively, they let us down, failed to represent us in dealing with a crisis and we need to express our anger and frustration. Same old, same old is not acceptable.

All parties are currently pleading for our donations and support. We need to prepare an election campaign like no other in the past. We are usually ill-prepared when we encounter a candidate or can ask a question at a forum. Let us change that and take the election campaign narrative away from political party strategists and PR people.

We need to be prepared with some tough questions to throw at candidates and political parties. Here are a few examples:

1. Are you and your party prepared to split the positions of Clerk of the Privy Council and Clerk of the Cabinet and return the Privy Council to the Governor General as required by our constitution?
2. Are you and your party prepared to sharply downsize the PMO and require the government to be run by the Cabinet and Caucus rather than by hired strategists and PR people?
3. Will you and your party split the roles of Attorney General and Minister of Justice to avoid conflicts of interest for the AG.
4. Are you and your party prepared to abolish whipped votes and allow elected representatives to vote in accordance with the wishes of their constituents?
5. Are you and your party prepared to rescind the Official Languages Act and hire based on competence, not linguistic ability?
6. Are you and your party prepared to rescind the Lobbying Act and enforce criminal code prohibitions on influencing elected and appointed government officials?
7. Are you and you party prepared to resurrect the oil and gas sector and make provisions to build the infrastructure required to restart this vital engine of our economy
8. Are you and your party prepared to commit to simplifying the Income Tax Act to a plain language document any taxpayer can understand?
9. Are you and your party prepared to honor the constitutional powers of provinces and cease interference therein?
10. Are you and you party prepared to accept the responsibilities given you under Section 91 of the Constitution and act on them as your primary policies?
11. Are you and your party prepared to amend the Referendum Act to put referendums in the hands of an arm’s length separate body and ensure that at least one constitutional issue is dealt with in each calendar year.
12. Are you and your party prepared to make amendments to House rules that require any Order in Council to receive approval of the House of Commons before taking effect.

I submit that if we are consistent and persistent, we can change the dialogue of the next general election and force politicians to heed our concerns for a change. There are more to examples to be considered, but we need to keep the list we adopt to a maximum of ten issues. Ideally, we need to pick the top six and hammer politician relentlessly with those six.

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