By Ryan McGreal
Published June 24, 2009
TVO's The Agenda has just published a great interview with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May on democracy in Canada: the parliamentary system, centralization of power under the PMO, hyper-partisanship, and first-past-the-post versus proportional representation.
For me, the following statement by May gets to the heart of the issue:
I think the problem lies not so much in the personality of [Prime Minister] Stephen Harper - although that's a particular problem - but in the rise and the power of organized political parties. We've allowed partisanship, which was always quite evident during elections, to take over all the time. So it's never about governing; it's always about electioneering.