True democracy

We live in a democracy, and democracy is precious and needs to be protected and enhanced at all times.   Canada is undergoing a slow erosion of democratic institutions, where the government is less and less representative of the will of the people.

It’s time to regain control of our democracy.

To be truly democratic, governments must be both representative of the electorate in the first place and responsive to the electorate afterwards.

6 responses to “True democracy”

  1. Fraser King writes:

    Hi Adriana,

    I’m wondering what your thoughts are regarding a full public inquiry into the violation of civil liberties over the G20 weekend here in Toronto. Also, why do you think this issue has yet to be addressed by any candidate thus far?

    Thanks very much,

    Fraser King

  2. Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu writes:

    Thanks Fraser,

    The Green Party was the first party to call for a full public inquiry into the actions at the G20.

    https://secure.greenparty.ca/en/statement/2010-06-30/green-party-joins-calls-public-inquiry-g8g20-meetings

    I am in perhaps a somewhat unique position in that I participated in the demonstrations on the Saturday of the G20 within the climate/environment group, and then ended up in College Park with perhaps 100 terrified shoppers as the black block smashed the glass in the building and security guards tried to direct people to greater safety.

    Throughout the time I was participating in the march, the police were a large and even somewhat menacing force, but they kept the peace and things were calm.  When I was in College Park, the security guards were frustrated that the police held back and didn’t stop the destruction.  I actually spoke to a couple of police officers after we got out of College Park, and they explained that their orders were not to interfere as long as no person was injured, because rounding up the black block with tear gas or horses could itself cause injuries.  It seemed a plausible explanation. Within College Park, public outrage was palpable.  Little children were crying and several people were making calls to demand that the police crack down.

    I wasn’t there to witness the rest, but my sense is that the police reacted to the public anger (there are some very plausible accusations that they were seeking it) and overreacted at that point.  I am very distraught about the many incidents of abuse, physical harm and insensitivity.  I am even more concerned about just how high this went.  Was this a bunch of exhausted cops losing it or was it an order from above for action that breaks norms of policing?

    I was glad that the one inquiry that was held, even though it wasn’t public, found that the sudden announcement of special police powers served neither the police nor the protesters well, in that it simply generated confusion about rights of protesters so that neither police nor the public knew what to expect, raising the level of chaos and confrontation.

    So I personally would also very much like a public inquiry where victims can have their say and be heard, and where at least some of the cloudiness about the issues could be cleared up.

    On your second question, I’m not sure.  A lot of candidates talk about the need for transparency and accountability.  I guess there are so many bad things going on that events from last summer begin to lose focus to newer outrages.  For example, extrapolating from the G20, I find the implications of Harper’s plan for a massive jail buildout quite frightening.  But I could be wrong.  I’m extremely new to formal participation in politics and have very little idea what goes on in most politician’s heads.

    That may not be a satisfying answer but I hope it helps,

    Adriana

  3. Fraser King writes:

    Hi again Adriana,
     
    Thank you for your quick response!
     
    Just one point I’d like to make regarding the ‘black bloc’. The police are quite active as agent provocateurs as witnessed during a WTO summit in Montebello Quebec. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1-WTc1kow

    The ‘security unit’ would not state that such tactics wouldn’t be used during the G20 summit. It’s therefore not unlikely that the vandalism (or ‘violence’ as our corporate owned media and ‘peace officers’ would have it described) was initiated by such officers to justify their brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. Call me cynical but I feel this is quite probable given the need to justify the outrageous amount of money spent on security. 

    There are so many other incidents of abuse of power by the police it is mind boggling, I’ve completely lost faith in our police and politicians at this point. If there is no public inquiry into this blatant assault on free speech then I’d have to say that democracy in this country is a complete illusion.

    I thank you again for your response, I hope your party will continue its vocal support for a full public inquiry.

    Fraser

  4. True Democracy writes:

    By documenting a prioritized majority opinion on topics of governance, will change the course of our declination away from actual democracy. As it is we are faced with a system that allows misrepresentation of our citizens and a fals sense of freedom.

    I’m grateful to live in a country as fortunate as Canada, because of our “democracy” we are able to move forward and take the next step. On http://www.truedemocracycanada.weebly.com the way we will grow as a nation will be explained. We all need to make our country just that much better for our chiildren’s children.

    It starts today!

  5. tom reid writes:

    i want to hear about PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION as the way to true democracy in Canada. let me hear about it to me it is #1 issue in the platform, what is the plank you stand on.

  6. Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu writes:

    Tom,

    Yes, absolutely. I agree that proportional representation is a crucial element in reforming Canadian democracy.

    Please see my thoughts the best way to move forward on proportional representation and also on the corrosive incentives of first-past-the-post.

    And here is a fuller discussion on the main Green Party site.

    Adriana

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