Justin Trudeau wants to radically alter the electoral system in Canada, in a way that would end any opportunity for the Conservative Party (or any conservative party) to ever be elected again.
He is considering two reforms: either ranked ballots, or proportional representation.
Let's focus on the second option first. What is proportional representation?
It means that after an election, the allocation of seats in Parliament would be based on the popular vote, not on the number of ridings a party has won.
For a conservative party to form the government, it would need to receive at least 50% of the vote.
How many of you think that that will ever happen? And how many more of you think that we will perpetually be ruled by a cabal of left-wing socialist coalition governments?
I know what I believe.
In a way, Stephen Harper, a good, dignified man, is also a tragic figure.
Here is a man who believes in conservative principles but who, for the sake of being elected, abandoned much of what he knew to be right.
He wanted to destroy the idea of conservatives as boogeyman, the image that left of center aggressors have been propagating since at least the 1960s. (Ronald Reagan alludes to this deception in his famous 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing.")
Harper became a centrist, an incrementalist.
What good did that do him?
As Dennis Prager says, "Truth is not a left-wing value. This does not mean that all who are on the left are liars or all who are on the right are truth tellers, it simply means that the left values other things over Truth. The left values equality, the left values feeling good."
The left did not care about the good or the moderate things that Stephen Harper did, nor did they care for the truth when the Conservatives experienced some minor missteps, like the Mike Duffy "scandal."
The Left is not your friend. The Left hates conservatives, and the Left is coming for you moderates, too. Hate is a powerful thing.
Why else is Stephen Harper tragic?
Because he though he could leave the Senate vacant past election time.
Even if the Senate could not have stopped the implementation of proportional representation, they could have delayed it for years, at least past the next election.
In my next article, I will explain why the Liberal Party is not only the best hope for conservatives to stop proportional representation, but why they must do it to save their own party as well.
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