No party system of governance.


A 'no party system' of governance

based on cooperation is practiced in

the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

When combined with run-off elections

and a 'none of the above,' box on ballots,

a no party system might look like this:


The first round of voting might see 20

independent candidates

with the bottom box on the ballot labelled -

'none of the above.'

Voters will not have to choose,

'the best of the bunch,'

no one will have a reason

not to vote.


As long as there are less than 20%,

'none of the above,' the voting continues.

When more than 20% vote,

'none of the above.'

We stop.


Why are there so many people

who don't like any of the candidates?


Presuming at least 80% voting for candidates:


If there were 20 candidates on the ballot

in the first round of voting,

the bottom 10 would be dropped

from the next ballot -

meaning whoever was eleventh in the run-off

will be 'courted' by the remaining ten,

and so it is with all the 'dropped' candidates.

It will be consensus building

after each round of voting -

'lets get your people and my people together' -

down to the last two.


But it could be a 60/40 split -

a divided community.


The last two candidates would

work together to produce a platform

that both believe, at a minimum,

80 % of the voters will approve.


The last round of voting is on the joint platform -

if the joint platform

receives at a minimum 80% -

both candidates are elected -

meaning 80% of the community

is represented by the two MP's.


If the final ballot is less than

80% in favour of the joint platform

then the two candidates

will adjust the joint platform

until the necessary 80% is achieved.


We will double our MP's

and it will cost twice as much -

but consider the increased value

for constituents.


The 80% threshold is high

to avoid the present situation of,

'competing interest groups',

which allows our political 'masters'

to play one interest group against another.


Consensus means that we are all valued -

not simply

the members of a political party's base -

'interest group.'


After the run-off election both MPs

go to Ottawa and 'shmooz'

with the other newly elected MPs

for a couple of weeks.

At the appointed hour the MPs gather -

a CBC announcer begins by calling order -

then -

'Who would like to be the Speaker of the House?'


A show of hands

each in turn

- 'I would because...'

- 'I would because...'

- 'I would because...'

...etc...


'Are there any others?'

'No?'


'Who votes for?'

- a show of hands -

'Who votes for?' etc.

The selection process will continue

in a 'run-off' fashion

until a single MP receives

80% support from the other MPs.


The newly elected Speaker

would then take over

from the CBC announcer.


'Who would like to be

the Prime Minister?'


'I would because'...'

'I would because'...etc.

'Who votes for?'...etc.

until one MP receives 80% support.


The entire cabinet,

our executive branch of government,

would be 'elected' this way.


The remaining MP's,

become the legislative branch of government.


At any time that the, 'house is sitting,'

an MP may simply rise,

interrupt the present speaker

announcing a motion of non-confidence

in one of the Ministers.


Bang goes the Speaker's gavel.

'Present speaker interrupted

by a motion of non-confidence in

the Minister of ? .

What support is there for the motion?'


A show of hands.


'Sustained.'


'Would the Minister of ?,

please step down.'


'Who would like to be the Minister of ?'


'I would because'...

'

I would because'...etc.


Then...'Who votes for...' etc.


The same procedure

would be followed to achieve 80% support.


'Would the new, Minister of ?

please take her/his seat

in the cabinet.'


Bang goes the Speaker's gavel.

'

'Resume interrupted speaker.'


It would be rare in a collaborative government

that a motion of non-confidence would be raised;

however, it is good to keep a 'check'

on our representatives.


MP's, could be petitioned to step down

by his or her constituents.


Petitioners would inform the Speaker

when the respondents to the petition

reached 80% of the constituency.


The House would then invite the MP to resign.


The no party system places the focus

on local candidates and the joint platform

with emphasis on cooperation and collaboration -

rather than conflict.


Politics will become less confrontational,

creating a more appealing atmosphere

for Canadians to be drawn to government.


Any candidate elected could be elected

to the cabinet,

meaning there would be a much higher interest

in politics at the constituency level.


Presently less than 4% of Canadians

belong to a political party.


'Election issues' are 'framed'

by the party at the national level.


The 'no party system'

takes power away

from 'party strategists'

and places power

in the hands of the people.



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