Why Fair Copyright advocates need to join Fair Vote Canada

The 2008 election results (as of tuesday @ 03:29) shows why Fair Copyright advocates need to join Fair Vote Canada to change the electoral system:

Party that took a progressive stance on copyright as a party:

  • The Green Party: 6,8% of the votes, 0% of the seats

Party that has an MP representing the party on copyright reform with a progressive stance:

  • NDP: 18,2% of the votes, 12% of the seats

Party with regressive stance on fair copyright reform:

  • Bloc Québécois: 10% of the vote, 16% of the seats
  • Conservatives: 37,6% of the vote, 46,4% of the seats

Progress on issues people care about has often happened in minority governments. At the same time, they are very prone to instability, because a slight change in the polls can lead to a majority government, the goal of any "rulling" party of a minority government. .

If Fair Copyright advocates wish to see a change in copyright policy and to protect fair copyright on the long term, they need to join Fair Vote Canada to change the electoral system.

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BC STV, Voter turnout

I'm reading forums talking about the low voter turnout, and how many people in that majority of ridings not seen as swing ridings didn't think it was worth their time to go out and vote.

I agree that electoral modernization would not only eradicate the "vote splitting" bug of First Past the Post, but may also increase voter turnout as votes have a greater influence.

The next event relating to electoral reform is in BC on May 12, 2009, in conjunction with their next provincial election. They will be voting in a referendum to hopefully say Yes to the BC STV voting system which I agree with their citizens assembly is the best option for BC (I think a better option for Ontario, but our Citizens assembly disagreed. MMP is still better than FPTP).

The deeper I get into politics, the more frustrated I get with the FPTP system. Some members of some parties don't feel they need to speak with constituents or any other Canadians at all, relying on vote splitting and big-tent politics to get blank cheques that don't really have a mandate. Nearly all of the discussion I saw online this election was about how they hated what they perceived (true or not) of some other option, not what they saw as good from who they voted for.

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.

Hear, hear!

I think you summed up quite nicely my feelings at the last paragraph. Every non-involved citizen should read that last paragraph.

Julien Lamarche
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Only Greens got more votes in turn-off election

A Winnipeg Free Press article reminds us of an important statistic.

the number of people who voted for the Conservatives was down by 168,737.
The number of people who voted Liberal was down 849,425. The NDP raw vote dropped by 72,522 and the Bloc’s raw vote dropped by 173,636.
The Green Party however saw its raw vote soar by 276,679 people.

Reminds me of the "most improved student award" from school. It wasn't for the student that achieved the best mark, but the student who improved their marks the most. Of the parties who have seats in the current house, the NDP saw the lowest vote drop (IE: they kept the most support).

Another WFP article by Frances Russell gave me some history I didn't know before.

Trudeau invited Broadbent to his office for a chat. The NDP had captured 26 of its 32 seats in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and B.C. with about one-third of the vote. Trudeau said he would introduce legislation for proportional representation if the NDP would co-sponsor it.

According to well-placed sources, Broadbent said he would take the proposal to his caucus. The answer was no.

Broadbent told the prime minister NDP MPs were afraid of losing their seats. Trudeau declined to forge ahead alone.

It shows how times change. It is now the NDP that is the party promoting electoral modernization, and the Liberals trying to protect the antiquated FPTP system. Maybe as the Liberals continue to decline in seats (and I hope the decline continues) they will switch their tune. It was Dalton McGuinty who really killed the electoral reform process in Ontario by killing the necessary funding for education/etc. When people don't adequately understand the question, the answer will always be "no change".

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) consultant.