We must challenge the very basis of the relationship between the government and the Canadian people.
In a great article for the National Post, Wildrose MLA and Maxime Bernier supporter Derek Fildebrandt described Bernier’s campaign as “A Revolution for Canadian Conservatism.”
Fildebrandt is 100% correct.
Bernier offered the most honest and intellectually consistent limited-government, freedom expanding platform that has been put forth in modern Canadian history. The fact that he came so close to winning the leadership of Canada’s second largest party shows that a deep questioning of the status quo is taking place.
And yet, more than just a revolution for Conservatism, it is becoming clear that Canada needs a full scale political revolution.
In a free – and still somewhat democratic – country, such a revolution would be completed through the ballot box. But before that can take place, it must be a revolution in the minds of Canadians, including a re-thinking of the place of the Canadian people in relation to the government.
The True North Strong and FREE
While freedom is inherent to Canada’s history and founding, we live in a time when more and more of our freedom is being taken from us by the ever-expanding intrusive state.
Not only do we have to contend with increases in taxes, regulations, and threats to restrict our freedom of speech, but we also have almost no ability to hold politicians accountable.
Outside of elections every four years, our politicians are basically elected dictators. We have no ability to recall them, and we can’t force them to hold a referendum to listen to our voices. At the same time, the federal government has grown far beyond it’s original role, usurping more and more power from the provinces. Even worse, the more money and power is concentrated in the hands of unaccountable federal politicians, the more our taxpayer money goes to serve the interests of global elites – instead of helping our own country.
There is a simple, and disturbing reason for this: As our system is currently structured, our politicians don’t actually serve us.
The myth of “public servants”
The idea that our politicians truly “serve” us is one of the biggest myths told in our country. They are supposed to, but that’s not how things are today.
We tend to think of public service as an employee-employer relationship. We are the employers, and the politicians are the employees. If you employ someone, you have the right to fire them, so long as you are adhering to their rights as an employee.
So, imagine what would happen if you couldn’t fire them.
Imagine if once you hired somebody, their job and full pay was secure for 4 years – no matter how good or bad a job they did.
That person would no longer be an employee. They would have no incentive to do a good job. You would be required to pay them no matter what. You would serve them.
That is exactly what our so-called political “public servants” are like today. We can’t recall them, and we can’t force them to listen to our priorities. Even worse, they get to control their own pay.
As things stand today, we serve our politicians by paying their salaries and then being forced to submit to whatever they decide. Two or three times a decade, we get to switch out the people who dictate to us. This means we have two or three days of power per decade, while the politicians get at least 3,500 days of unaccountable power in that time (election campaigning excluded).
When looked at that way, you can see that our politicians don’t serve us at all.
Of course, this isn’t to say that some politicians don’t live up to the ideal of servant leadership. Many of them do. But the system does not create an incentive for them to do so. That’s because the power taken from the citizens is inevitably concentrated in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Bureaucracy. Politicians fear their own party leaders more than they fear the Canadian people, and that’s why our system is an elected dictatorship rather than a true democracy.
Putting power in the hands of the Canadian people
Power must be put back in the hands of the Canadian people. And the only way to truly make that happen is to take power from the politicians and give it back to citizens.
There are three key things that are essential:
1 – Recall Legislation
2 – Citizen Initiated Referendums
3 – Decentralization
Recall Legislation would force politicians to be accountable throughout their term in office. It would end the same manipulative pattern we see over and over: Politicians get elected – pursue their own narrow agenda for three years – and then do a few popular things in the last year to make it seem like they were listening to the people. With recall legislation, a politician who tried to pull that trick could be dealt with by their constituents.
Citizen Initiated Referendums would give us the power to push for binding votes on key issues and policies. This would prevent another manipulative pattern we see today, where politicians bring in massive changes they never campaigned on – without giving us any recourse to stop them until the change has already taken hold and is far more difficult to reverse. With citizen referendums, the people could intervene directly when necessary, making clear that we are the ultimate decision-makers.
Decentralization would move power closer and closer to the level of the individual, family, and community. Decisions are best made at a local level by people who actually have skin-in-the-game and will be effected by the decisions. Currently, nation-shaping changes are made by bureaucrats and politicians in fancy Ottawa offices far removed from reality – meaning the powerful decision makers have no understanding of the people and communities that will be damaged or impacted by their actions.
In a world of rapidly advancing communication technologies and dispersed knowledge, centralizing government power in a small group of people in a specific city is absurd. By making massive reductions to the federal bureaucracy, transferring power and money to the provinces, and reducing the role of the federal government in all aspects of our lives, we can ensure that power is brought to a level where true understanding is possible.
A Canadian Revolution
For many of us, the ideas mentioned above feel like common sense. And it’s a sign of how intrusive our federal government has become that those ideas are considered “revolutionary” compared to what we have now.
Making these changes happen won’t be easy. Anyone who gets elected does so under the current system, and thus has an incentive to perpetuate that system rather than risk losing power by changing it. That’s why change has to come from the grassroots first. Politicians will respond to overwhelming public pressure, and that pressure will come when there has been a revolution in the minds of Canadians.
With the elites, the establishment media, and many politicians standing against these ideas, we will need to have the strength to advocate for them over and over and over again, confident in our belief that expanding freedom and returning power to the Canadian people is the right thing to do.
The near-election of Maxime Bernier, and the fact that Andrew Scheer has taken a strong stand for freedom of speech, shows that there is a growing opportunity for bringing about the end of our dictatorial and oppressive federal government, and restoring the true meaning of “public service.”
It’s an opportunity we must not pass up.
The elites want to hide their many failures behind political correctness, deception, and manipulation. We need to push back and spread the truth.
That’s why I write.
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