During the 44th General Election many Canadians expressed deep concern about the Trudeau Liberals imposing a federal election on the country two years ahead of the four year term and in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. While it is true that the Liberal government should have waited, this act of imposing an unwanted election reveals a deeper problem.
In a modern democracy, sovereign power should flow from the people and any power of government should be derived from that. The fact that Trudeau can arbitrarily schedule an election against the wishes of the vast majority of the people in what amounts to be a surprise attack on them shows that sovereign power does not lie with the populace but has been usurped by the prime minister and his party, and high state officials. Indeed, the entire political structure is set up this way, effectively disempowering the population.
Instead of elections being an opportunity for people to come together and put forward and discuss their views on issues and who could best represent them, we have the situation whereby the issues in the election are cooked up in the backrooms of the cartel parties in parliament by spin-doctors and pollsters and, with the assistance of the establishment big media, are imposed on the population. Thus elections are reduced to the level of pro-wrestling matches where the cartel parties in parliament grapple and hurl insults at each other in orchestrated ways, while the voters are relegated to being spectators in fold-up chairs. [More]
One of the topics of discussion in the 44th General Election was the question of fixed election dates and why they are rarely if ever adhered to. A discussion in Calgary pointed out that like Stephen Harper before him, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a snap election in spite of the fact that a law exists calling for elections on a fixed date every four years.
Fixed election dates are the norm in many countries and are considered a way to stop the governing party from calling elections mid-term when they consider it is to their advantage, catching other parties off guard, using their governing position to receive free media coverage and so on. [More]