Their Newspaper, The Globe and Mail, likes it too.
(Jan 9, 2016): The Globe and Mail is owned by Canada’s richest family, the Thomsons. The Globe began its Jan. 6 editorial with what I’d call a lie … “Over the past decade, 3 Canadian provinces – BC, PEI, and Ontario – have held four referendums on scrapping First Past The Post. Each of these propositions went down to defeat.”
Now, that statement is ‘true’, but it’s not ‘really true’. The truth is that in B.C. in 2005, 57% voted to CHANGE to a Proportional Voting system … 57% voted for PR, BUT OUR RULERS WOULDN’T ALLOW IT.
Why not? The corporations hate PR because Proportional voting systems are more difficult for them to control. PR systems give people the governments they voted for. That’s why the Thomson’s don’t want PR. With our First Past the Post system, the corporations and their media can usually get the governments THEY want.
In B.C., why did 57% lose to 43%? Because the people who run this country don’t want Proportional Voting. So 57% lost … and the 1% of the 1% won. Around the world, 50% plus 1 wins Referendums. Scotland would have separated from Britain by that vote. The same with Quebec – and with hundreds of referendums around the world. But in B.C., on PR, 57% did not win. THAT’S THE SAD STATE OF MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY IN CANADA TODAY. WE SHOULD ALL BE ASHAMED.
The real story is that the citizens of British Columbia voted for PR, and we still lost. (And now the Globe and Mail tells us it never happened.)
Proportional Representation is important. It’s more democratic than the First Past the Post system we use now. A PR system can help give us more democratic governments. And more democratic governments will give us a more democratic country. But the corporations will never allow democracy if they can stop it. The Corporations and their media are the enemies of democracy in Canada.
BUT we have a chance now to do something great because the Liberals have promised a new voting system. So it’s up to us. We have to beat the corporations and get the voting system that works best for us. I don’t care what s system we choose, as long as we have a fair and democratic process. But it’s difficult to do this when almost every TV station, Radio station and Newspaper is corporate owned.
Jack Etkin: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bridge News Service