The Week That Passed Us By . . .

Did you know that the Feds want to change the way we vote:

It’s true. One of Justin’s campaign promises was to institute a new voting system in time for the next election in 2019. Personally I am for the change in the system. This one is just to out-dated. It does not reflect a 21st century approach to electing our pending representatives. Having said that I don’t like any of what they are thinking about in terms of what might replace the present system.

I have no idea of what a Mixed-Member Proportional system would look like nor do I quite get the Single Transferable System. The one that is most offensive is the Mandatory Vote system. What happens if you don’t vote under this system. Do they fine you? Do they come and take you away in the middle of the night never to be seen again? Perhaps a week of public flogging? Isn’t this suggestion a bit more than Stalinesque? Ya-everyone will vote and only my name shall be on the ballot.

Why is it so difficult to keep the system simple. If we have 5 leaders that are running for the office of Prime Minister then those 5 names should be on every ballot in the country. We should vote directly for the leader of our choice not some local guy that I may or not have heard of. I don’t want that guy representing me. I want one of the names on the ballot to represent me.

If ‘Rep A’ gets the most votes then he/she is our next PM. If that person is the leader of the Liberal party, for instance, then the Liberal party is in power for the next 4-5 years. We should vote for the person and not the party. I vote for ‘A’ because I like what they say and how they say it. It’s because I like the platform. Leaders would then be more mindful of what they say and how they say it. The reason most folks don’t vote is because they are bored, they don’t believe anything that comes out of a politicians mouth anymore so they are not interested in wasting any time listening to what they have to say, most believe that their vote won’t or doesn’t count for much anyway or they have just plain lost interest because all politicians are crooks and our concerns wont be heard anyway. It is the politicians themselves who have poisoned the well–they are the ones who have driven the voters out of the voters box not the apathy of the voters. Give them something to vote for and they will come out. Our last election proved that. Enough people wanted Harper out and so they threw his ass out where it should have been all along. In terms of deciding upon a local representative a separate election is held to determine who that person will be. This one could be held electronically from our homes or the computer at the public library-wherever. It just takes an encrypted software program to make that happen. Each party leader or a selection committee selects its candidate for each riding. How many times have we said or heard it said that “I like the party but not the person running or visa-versa.” Again the one with the most votes wins and represents the constituents for the next 4 years.  This crap about first past the post needs be gone along with the notion that forcing us all to vote or else needs to go with it. The thinking seems to be that if voting is mandatory that all the voices would be heard. FLASH--Folks will come out to vote if they believe they actually have a say in how their lives are governed.

I have heard it said that: Anything that is created and maintained by force is doomed to fail–THAT is what  human voices sound like.

6 Wee stories that describe life perfectly: 


Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.

On the day of prayer all the people gathered,

but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH.


When you throw babies in the air,

they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That’s TRUST.


Every night we go to bed

without any assurance of being alive the next morning,

but still we set the alarms to wake up.

 That’s HOPE.


We plan big things for tomorrow

in spite of zero knowledge of the future.



We see the world suffering,

but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE.


On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence

‘I am not 80 years old

I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’


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Were getting closer but have a ways to go yet. I’ll let you know for sure. We are looking forward to, eventually, being a small part of a weekly ‘gab flab’ where truth is heard not just talked about.


Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best, Jim

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