Democracy Watch watch (III)
It was so delightful to see the ever-vigilant Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch weigh in on the issue of voter turnout and the extended Christmas break that the newly re-elected PC government have given themselves. As VOCM reported Thursday:
Democracy Watch Weighs in on ElectionFor the record, here are some of the other democracy-related issues that the very busy Democracy Watchers failed to notice during the past eight years:
Thursday , October 13 2011
Democracy Watch says there are a number of ways to improve voter turnout and make the electorate more engaged in the process. Spokesman Duff Conacher was responding to low voter turnout in this week's provincial election. Just under 58 percent of the province's eligible voters cast their ballots this time around, the lowest turnout in recent memory. Conacher says there have poor voter turnouts in other provinces and in recent federal elections as well. He says the electorate are fed up with politicians and want to see measures put in place to ensure honesty and real change. He says sometimes all it takes is a clear outline of party policy.
Meanwhile, Premier Kathy Dunderdale has already announced that the Legislature will not open for the fall session. Conacher calls that decision an "undemocratic move".
2003 (and onwards): The ever lazier and lazier provincial legislature.
2005 (and onwards): The vitriolic and demagogic attacks on private citizens and public figures alike.
2006: The major ethical problem posed by a prominent and independently-wealthy politician's impulse towards ostentatious charity.
2006: The appointment of an all-partisan Electoral Boundaries Commission, instead of a non-partisan one.
2006: The attack on a sitting judge who dared to not side with the government in a legal matter.
2007: The brazen reversion to 1950s-style Duplessis-Smallwood government by carrot and stick.
2007: The appointment of a former President of the governing party as Chief Electoral Officer.
2007: The amendment of the Elections Act to allow voters to vote in elections that haven't actually been called yet.
2007 (and onwards): The mysterious non-appearance of the promised whistleblower protection legislation.
2008: The Great Patriotic War of Freedom From Information, fought on many different fronts.
2008: The partisan cook-up involving the Speaker of the House of Assembly, to throttle caucus funding for the official opposition.
2008: The attack on a judge in an official inquiry who had the temerity to, you know, inquire.
2008: The government announcing that it will just plain ignore a court decision which didn't go the way it wanted.
2009: The failure of the Chief Electoral Officer to show the least bit of curiosity about the conduct of the 2001 St. Barbe by-election, after new facts came to light.
2010: Ethnic demagogery.
2010: Yet another attack on a quasi-judicial body, this one conveniently out of province.
2010: The clumsy attempts to justify the Duplessis-Smallwood carrot-and-stick approach to government.
2011 (and earlier): The participation of the provincial police force's union in fundraising for the governing party.
2011 (and earlier): The pattern of political finance contributions by municipal governments and other public entities.