why has every modern democracy except Canada, the U.S., and Britain gone to a proportional representation system,
What, the Electoral College? It is the stupidest system ever
Very very much agreed.
because an MP that can keep their constituancy quiet and pacified will get promotions.
Best way to do this: make sure their wishes are granted and their concerns are addressed.
That person is still going to pull the party line which I did vote for
Our MPS do not always "toe the party line".
Perhaps a system of "popular vote" would be more in order...allowing anyone to run for office using the "100,000" limit....if a person can get 100,000 people to vote for him/her...they go to office to represent those people. If they get 200,000...that representative gets 2 votes. If they only get 199,999...only 1 vote. This makes EVERY vote count. It would basically force the voter to make the decisions as to how this country would be run.
Australia has mandatory voting....50 buck fine for not voting. We could go along with that. Those who "refuse" to vote, pay a 50 dollar fine. They don't go gonzo about collecting it...if it hasn't been paid by tax time, it shows up then.(or could...).
We could have Parliament as a real peoples voice. Send the representatives in and they tell their constituants what the issues are..and the people tell the rep in what direction to vote. He would basically be a number cruncher....so much percentage of his riding says "yes"...so many say "no" so many "abstain"....whichever of the 3. These numbers are added up and the law either passed or not depending on it. If the majority abstained, it would be postphoned because either not enough people feel informed or feel it is too "hot" politically...or perhaps thinks politics has no place in saying what Canadians should do...as in the case of gay marriages. (Let the Churches decide what THEY are going to do...allow civil unions for purposes of taxation and pension rights) An "abstained" vote would need further consideration.
It could be done with the technology available..and the politicians would have to be in close contact with their constituants to find out "which way the wind is blowing".
I like this; accept the part about postponing decisions. THIS would happen so very very often that so many Bills and issues would get frozen forever chief.
- how is it that there is a national party that once held the official opposition seat but only has candidates running in one province? (the bloc quebecois). to be considered a "national" party,
Charter. "Special Status"
- why do we vote party lines and not for candidates that represent constituents anymore?
IN KW; we don't. The Liberals STILL took 2 of the 3 biggest ridings here; based on their personal contributions and cares for their community. Karen Redman/Andrew Telegdi...BOTH have quite the tenure representing their constituents...because they do what they are asked by their people to do.
- why is there no recognition of population shifts in provinces/regions?
There are, unless I am madly mistaken. Heck; even Dundas and surrounding area got reform and boundary changes based on surging populations. (as did Oakville and Mississauga area)