Letter: Further to the Green/NDP federal election issue

Tuesday, May 12 2015

Oh dear, I thought I’d made myself sufficiently clear but apparently not. 

Quite how Mr. van der Horst managed to construe my previous letter as a wish for a benevolent dictatorship by Sheila Malcolmson escapes me entirely. For the record, I am not a member of any political party but I would far rather see Elizabeth May as prime minister than any other current party leader. But that’s not very likely, is it? 

My point was that our democratic system is being rapidly eroded (e.g. the passage of C-51) and that the Harper regime must be defeated. There are a number of national organizations actively working precisely to this end, most prominently Leadnow.ca, which, according to a recent report, currently has at least 400,000 members. Leadnow is organizing nationwide to support the opposition candidate most likely to defeat the Conservative one in every federal constituency where there is a real chance of doing so.

In the last federal election, the “collective wisdom of the electorate” which Mr. van der Horst espouses, manifested itself in a very large number of voters who chose to stay home and not even bother to vote. That did, indeed, determine the outcome of that election, didn’t it? 

Under a proportional representational system of voting, the Green Party would have a greatly enhanced presence, and hence influence, in parliament. But we’ll never get to that point until the Conservatives are first defeated by a concerted popular effort. 

~ David Bouvier