Especially curious, to me, is the fact that in the midst of an economic slowdown and rock-bottom natural gas prices, resulting in big government cut-backs, not one single comment has been posted on the Economics/Industry post. Interesting.
The last item on my initial "to discuss" list was, arguably, one of the most important: Democratic reform. It's one of the only issues that can give birth to new political parties, all on its own, in this province (Reform federally, Wildrose Party provincially). We've got voter turn-outs at ridiculous lows - which has as much to do with what and for whom we're asking people to vote than it does with the system or with voter malaise. If they're not voting, then it's OUR job - as the politerati - to figure out why, and FIX it.
Even a total overhaul of our system won't necessarily result in better results, or higher voter turn-out... but at this point, it can't really HURT, can it?
Items that spring to mind right away when we talk democratic reform in this province include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Fixed election dates
- Synchronized elections (Municipal and Provincial on the same date)
- Recall of elected officials
- Term limits
- (Re-)institution of a Provincial Senate (to balance regional concerns)
- Rules regarding donations
- On-line voting
- Multiple-day elections
- Lobbyist rules
- Size of the Legislative Assembly
- First-Past-the-Post versus Proportional representation
- Mandatory voting
- Public funding of candidates and parties
It's up to you, Nation... fix the system. How do we rule our rulers? How do we even CHOOSE our rulers? In the Perfect Alberta, how do you propose we go about this fragile construct that we call "democracy"?