Category Archives: Democracy

The Rathbeger resignation – A time for consideration


Congratulations to Mr. Rathgeber. His resignation should be used to begin a discussion about the proper role of the MP in Canada. I hope that he runs in the next election as an Independent Candidate. Furthermore, voters in his riding must take the opportunity to to remind ALL parties that the MP is the link between the voters and government. The erosion of the significance of the individual MP is tantamount to an erosion of the significance of the individual voter. In a democracy, the role of elected representatives should be to serve the voters. The role of elected representatives is NOT to a mechanism to serve the PMO or to serve a political party. Rather than look for a new candidate, this particular riding association should examine its moral principles and understanding of what democracy is about.

But that won’t happen because this riding association exists to serve the party and not the people.

As Winston Churchill once said:

Some will sacrifice principle for party and some party for principle.”

Want to make a real choice? Vote for an independent!

Want to make a real difference? Run as an Independent!


Great interview with Canadian Conservative Back Bencher

This is a great interview with a Canadian Conservative back bencher. The questions continue:

What is the role of the MP?

Who does the MP represent?

Where do the loyalties of an MP lie?

The Harper Government is demonstrating why Independent Candidates are vital for democracy.



Parties of Independent Candidates

There is a “love hate” relationship with policital parties. There are many who “hate” the fact that party MPs  or MPPs are loyal to the parties and not to their  consituents.  On the other  hand, there are many who  see Independent Candidates has having a harder time winning elections.

We are now  seeing “parties of independent candidates”. For example, in Ontario, in the October 2011 election, Onarians were introduced to the Canadians Choice Party – a party of Independent Candidates.  In Quebec,  the CAQ is  a  party (at least according to the following article) formed largely  from Independent Candidates.

See the following article:–a-powerful-new-party-rises-in-quebec

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS
Andrew Chung Quebec Bureau

MONTREAL—No one will say it now, but people like Benoit Charette could be one of the first faces of a movement that is turning Quebec politics on its head.

In June, he dumped the Parti Québécois, for which he acted as the immigration critic and is sitting as an independent for the riding of Deux Montagnes, northwest of Montreal. But over the summer, he said, he found himself more and more captivated by the new Coalition pour l’avenir du Québec.

“I find it interesting, and I think many Quebecers are on the same page,” Charette said. “For the first time in 40 years we are proposing to bring people together on a base different from the national question. It’s refreshing.”

Come the next legislative session early in 2012, he and a handful of other independents and members of the rightist party Action démocratique du Québec, could become members of the CAQ. Continue reading