A Dramatic Determination
Although Damon Cox is a relative newcomer to the town of Stanstead, he arrived in 2007 from the Niagara area, his talents related to film-making are already being put to good use. He filmed last year’s Shazamfest to make
The Greeks had an excellent way of choosing who they believe would best represent them: the boule. Nice system: once a year you draw the name of 500 people who will be the parliament; from them another 50 are chosen monthly to form the government; and each day from that group a leader is chosen. Nobody could serve more than twice during his lifetime.
The his has some importance: women and poor folks were not allowed. Nothing is perfect.
We all know Demosthenes, another Greek, the man with an elocution problem that was so bad that he started putting small stones in his mouth to be a better speaker. It seems that a lot of today’s politicians have forgotten that you must remove them after a while.
The Boule would be the perfect system for Canada (and all countries, but let’s start here first). Do you honestly think that these 500 ordinary folks, having for once the chance to have a say, would sway from their opinions in 365 days? We would also have a proper representation of all Canadians: rich and poor; lofty intellectuals a la Ignatief; intellectuals who try by every shenanigan not to look like one, Stephen Harper as a perfect example; but mostly just average folks. At 500, there is even a statistical chance that none would be lawyers! There would be a lot more women, and for half of the time they would run the country. Chances are that ten percent of the time, a unilingual francophone would lead Canada, twenty percent he or she would be bilingual. Once or twice a year a native would lead Canada, or would they say Kanata?
Now some would argue that leaving LotoQuébec and the other provincial lotteries in charge of our political system is proof positive that this is a mad system. We disagree. Take a look at any budget, municipal, provincial and especially federal, of the last century and please tell us what is the difference between a lottery ticket promising at most a couple of million if you win and a government budget telling you that the country will prosper by billions if it passes? There is one thing that we know: you cannot use the former as a guarantee for a loan at your local financial institution as you’d be laughed out of the place. But that institution will gladly lend billions to the government the next moment as buyers of its bonds.
So imagine a new political system with no politicians, starting their deliberations on the first day of our government’s fiscal year. Rather than having an election on May 2nd, our new government would start this Friday, April 1st.