September 12, 2015

"Every Vote Counts" goes to FanExpo Canada to ask: "What can politics learn from comic books?"

Rebel Staff

With the Canadian federal election drawing near, we present "Every Vote Counts" -- a video series ‎profiling the more eclectic side of the Canadian population. 

Returning to our Conventioneers roots, we spent this edition at FanExpo Canada asking "fandom" what politics can learn from comic books.

Captain America for PM? An NDP voter who doesn't know who Tom Mulcair is?

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(Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trip to Fan Expo Canada...)


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commented 2015-09-13 22:37:20 -0400
Everybody likes socialism until they are kicked out of their parents basement and have to earn money to live … only to discover that they get taxed to pay for all the social programs they fought for, then it isn’t fair.
commented 2015-09-13 16:56:21 -0400
What a bunch of morons!! Scary that these people can vote.
commented 2015-09-13 13:41:45 -0400
You folks are all too gracious.
I was expecting to see subsequent comments like “I’ll have some of whatever George is drinking”.
commented 2015-09-13 02:46:01 -0400
Proportional representation is a blocking system by the left as the masses figure out that socialism is a big fail – they have this in Europe and it is through gridlock that legislation gets passed.

Great concept George. Would work well for the people, but not so for the politicians and their parties.

Interestingly enought PIG NOTLEY in Alberta has shut her fkg yap since getting elected – proportional voting would have given her about half the seats she currently has – and PIG NOTLEY is a big advocate of PV.

Not surprising. PIG NOTLEY still has 4 years to change to PV. Not likely to happen.
commented 2015-09-13 00:33:25 -0400
George, interesting.

A country like Canada is best served by first past the post. In Northern Alberta, I need someone who understands the concerns of the constituency to represent me, not a party hack. That is why I am comfortable with my NDP representative provincially even though I worked W/R; she is well known in my riding and won fair and square.

Next door riding on the other hand…more like what proportional representation will bring, a party hack no one knows. Which shows another problem, negative voting. But this will happen in any system.

However, the voting for a government member and an opposition member on first past the post is intriguing.

Ah, democracy, always room to improve
commented 2015-09-12 22:40:59 -0400
That’s a fascinating concept, George.
commented 2015-09-12 22:13:55 -0400
I’ve always disliked the expression “Every Vote Counts” but I also shudder at the convoluted concept of proportional representation as promulgated by political parties (or their proxies) for their own benefit. Their pitch is based on the conceit that voters would be better represented and not the political parties. Of course, it’s the opposite that is true.
I acknowledge, with just about everyone else, that there is a problem in that elected members of parliament, when combined, typically represent only about forty percent of the voting electorate, especially in a system with more than two parties. But my Dad taught me not to be a critic unless I thought I had something better to offer.
Since I believe that political parties eventually become breeding grounds for corruption and that the existing system is a barrier to democracy evolving, here’s my offering:
Double the size of ridings but reduce the number of ridings by half (i.e. combine two ridings into one).
Keep the same number of seats in parliament.
Hold an election.
The candidate with the most votes in a riding goes to Ottawa and forms a government to implement our agenda.
The candidate who comes in second in that riding goes to Ottawa and forms the opposition, to keep an eye on our government’s work ethic.
Immediately the amount voters represented in parliament goes from about forty percent to around seventy or maybe even eighty percent. Wow! A system in which a lot more votes count. It’s exciting.
Additionally, by coming in second, a moderate number of candidates who would otherwise miss the cut get the opportunity to represent us in opposition, contributing to the true spirit of proportional representation. Wow! I’m getting giddy.
Yes, the devil’s in the details. What will be the agenda of the government? Well, the hallmark of the age we live in is the transmission of information. We will determine the agenda and guide our government accordingly. Wow! Democracy. I’m getting goosebumps.
Enough for now. I know there are lots of wrinkles, but if you’ve tolerated my rambling this far it’s much appreciated.
commented 2015-09-12 18:54:13 -0400
The race is so tight at this point that it could be anyone’s.

This site compares the various poll results:

The G&M poll showed 50% of those surveyed remain undecided. That is a huge wild card.
commented 2015-09-12 18:16:25 -0400
And these people vote?…………….Latest Poll; Nanos: Lpc 32 % Cpc 31 % ndp 30 % Grn 4% Bq 3% .. W.T.F. Taken at this convention perhaps?!
commented 2015-09-12 17:43:13 -0400
Hence the reason I don’t go to any of those Comicons … a bunch of very odd people.