Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Canadian lost opportunity

Mohamed S. Kamel*
October 21st, 2015

Canadian had their say and elected a majority Liberal Government after almost 10 years of Conservative Government, a New-Con that took over what was known as “Progressive Conservative”, returning Liberal to govern with majority for the first time since 15 years.

When the election was called in Canada, the polls told us that we have a three-way race, where three parties at 30% each, this said people saw a minority government of any of the three runners on equal foot.

Canadians were tired of the Conservative, who played the divide and conquer game, govern and campaign as fear mongers, where Harper is not McDonald or Clark, so they have to choose between the New Democrat (NDP) and the Liberals.

The Liberal was in third place, on an edge of collapse until Trudeau the son took lead and rebuilt it on the history of the Liberal founder, as Trudeau the father, Pearson, and Wilfrid Laurier.

The New Democrat was the official opposition for the first time in Canadian history, and they never governed. They were usual seen as the small party that can win 10-40 seat, until the Green got a seat and became the small party that build in principal.

So Canadians for 140 years, since the confederation, were practicing two party system, so there is a choice between Liberal and Conservatives only. For the first time Canadians had a chance for real change, by choosing the new party that never been tried before, and not touched with any sort of corruption, the other two are sinking in.  

Conservatives and Liberals felt that the NDP government would be a disaster for them, as NDP was committed to amend the election law to promotional representation where this will mean higher number of seats for NDP and Green in any election and bigger say in front of coalition governments.

By having the biggest 3 newspapers in Canada, the national paper ‘The Globe and Mail’ and the local papers ‘Toronto Star’ and ‘La Presse’, for the first time in history, advising people to vote for a specific party, ‘Liberal’. At the same time, polls were promoting Liberal as the only choice to push Harper out of office without having a real progressive party, ‘NDP’.    

Canadians would be best served by an NDP government, this would break the two party race forever, and would push democracy one-step forward by presenting the promotional representation.   

Canadians would end with NDP minority government or Liberal minority government that would be far better than what we have. But what we have is better that having Harper back in office.

Canadians decided to lose the opportunity and to settle for lesser change than what the NDP would bring to them.   

Mohamed S. Kamel

* Mohamed S. Kamel: is a Freelance writer, the editor of http://forafreeegypt.blogspot.com/, he is a professional engineer, a LEED Green Associate and a recognized project manager professional (PMP), he is Member of several civil society organizations, a co-founder, Secretary General and a spokesperson of The Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC), a co-founder of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy (ECCD-CECD), Egyptian Worldwide for Democracy and Justice (EW4DJ), Canadian Egyptian for Democracy (CEFD), National Association for Change in Egypt (Taghyeer – Canada), Alternative Perspective Media (APM-RAM), , Quebec Antiwar movement “Échec à la Guerre”, Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine “CJPP”, ex-president and co-founder of the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF-FCM), member of the board of trustee in the Canadian Muslim for Palestine (CMP) and Community Center for Montreal Muslims (CCMM). He could be reached at public@mohamedkamel.com and followed at @mskamel


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