Letter to the editor

Letter: Political party system failing us

Our Canadian political system should be improved and modernized. The party system does not allow the views of all Canadians to be represented.

If we had a “no party” system, every elected MP or MLA could represent his or her constituents. The premiers and the prime minister would also be elected by voters.

“Recall” legislation needs to exist in both federal and provincial laws. The justice system should write the bills and adopted by elected officials.

A newly elected government should immediately set the next election date, and not call it when they are most popular. No “non-confidence” votes. If a bill is defeated, it should only be brought back for reconsideration after a set amount of time, and if amendments were made.

Positions of Lieutenant Governor or Governor General should be abolished. All ties to the British monarchy need to be severed. The “will of the people” is important, not the “will of the crown.”

Is the representation we presently have in Canada really fair? The provinces of Ontario and Quebec seem to control all of Canada. The rest of us have little voice.

Government must become clearer and more transparent. A promise made should be a promise kept.

Do we need the Senate which costs taxpayers a lot of money and who are accountable to no one? They can be absent and not be accountable for that; the same does not apply for the average working man.

Accountability to taxpayers is a must.

Stephen Edginton, Red Deer

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