The debates organized by the Leaders’ Debates Commission for September 8 and September 9 presented a sanitized world from which the most important features of political life in Canada were cleansed. Conspicuously missing was recognition of the broad political disaffection and dissatisfaction of Canadians with an electoral and political process that keeps them out of power and at the mercy of the private interests that have seized control of government, the state and the media, and the pollsters and pundits that keep it propped up. The demand of Canadians for electoral and political reforms to enable them to exercise control over the decisions that affect their lives was also disappeared.
The Debate Broadcast Group, the ten media outlets that staged the debates, inform that the topics were based “in part on the 20,201 responses to a questionnaire” published on their website. Should anyone want to assess how these topics were selected, they will not be able to as the Debate Broadcast Group informs that the responses were destroyed after they were converted into “affordability, climate, COVID recovery, leadership and accountability and reconciliation.” [More]
This election falls on the 30th anniversary of the last official reports on the broad political disaffection and discontent of Canadians with the electoral process which disempowers them. The Spicer Commission on the Future of Canada presented its findings to the Mulroney Conservative Cabinet in June 1991. The Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing followed, presenting its report and recommendations in November 1991. Both commissions documented the dissatisfaction of the people with politicians, political parties and Parliament. People raised demands for an end to the decision-making power being concentrated in the hands of a few. Many Canadians presented the commissions with proposals for a constituent assembly to enable the people to draft and approve their own constitution and electoral law.
The Spicer Commission warned, “Now we face spiritual crisis which demands we find, in a very short time, new structures we hope will last a very long time.” Referencing the over 400,000 people who participated in its hearings, the Spicer Commission concluded, “We have heard cries for change […] The cry heard most often, a cry from the heart, demanded more effective involvement of ordinary Canadians in running the country. Their anger and frustration shows and it is dangerous.” [More]
Disgraceful Federal Privatization of Public Services
Using the corrupt practice of contracting out work to a global cartel, the Department of National Defence (DND) has exposed its anti-worker bias. By simply changing the contract company the DND has, without cause, fired eight cleaning staff at Canadian Forces Base, 15 Wing Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.
“Everyone is very upset. When you’ve been with a company in the same location for 20 years, you become part of the community (and) you become part of the everyday workforce,” said Mona Simcoe, vice-president of the Manitoba/Saskatchewan region for the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE). [More]