Now that the campaign is over – and what a roller coaster of a campaign it was, full of ups, downs, lefts, rights, uprisings, and happy endings!
Now that it’s over, and we finally have stability for four years, it’s time, I think, to express my opinion on how Stephen Harper should conduct the next Parliament to govern well from a position of power.
In general, the problem with majority governments is they’re essentially elected dictatorships. (Note to my critics, yes, I’m saying the “D” word – but note that it’s not about Stephen Harper, it’s about the government in general. Chretien was far worse than Harper in the dictator department anyway.) The Prime Minister’s can decide upon any legislation he wants, and, since he controls the votes in the House of Commons through his party Whip. it’s very easy to get that legislation passed.
So the first thing I would want to see Harper do as Prime Minister is declare every bill other than the budget to be a free vote. The House of Commons, as the legislature for the nation, is supposed to represent us – the voters. We elect our MP to act on our behalf, not only as an interface point between the constituent and the Minister of whatever department, but also in the House of Commons itself, debating and voting on our behalf.
If a bill should become law in the House of Commons, it should pass on its own merits. Obviously, with a majority of Conservative MPs, it should be easier for a Conservative Prime Minister to pass a Conservative bill, however at the same time, if I could trust that my MP would think for himself rather than be whipped into submission, I would be much happier.
Second: End the $2/vote subsidy. Now. Not tomorrow, not next week, but now. Kill it; but change nothing else.
Third: Kill the gun registry.
Fourth: Kill the wheat board.
That is all.