Democracy Reform

Sir Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the rest. He is right. Its the best form of government but it also has its flaws. I think that its flaws endanger democracy and needs to be fixed. This blog is for like minded people who want to see democracy improved. I invite people to sumbit essays. I will publish even those I do not agree with so long as I find them interesting.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Vote buying in Canada

This article came to my attention courtesy of Fjordman, the insightful Scandinavian writer:

Vote buying in Canada

"Naresh Raghubeer is executive director with the Canadian Coalition for
Democracies

Ontario Auditor-General Jim McCarter reported that the province's
Immigration and Citizenship Ministry has been dispensing millions of
dollars in grants to ethnic groups under a process that is "not open,
transparent or accountable." In many cases, groups got money simply
because their members were chummy with ministry insiders.

He documents a taxpayer-funded political black market based on
"ethnic" vote-buying. Dalton McGuinty's government marked the 2006 and
2007 fiscal year-end by rushing $32.5-million dollars out the
treasury's door. Destination: cultural and religious groups likely to
vote Liberal in the coming October elections. The Iranian-Canadian
Community Centre's $200,000 grant was disbursed despite there being
"no written request for funding."

Whose interest is served when politicians play vote-bank politics with
Canadian tax dollars? We risk importing into Canada the tribal
politics that afflict the countries from which many of our immigrants
have fled.
"


Here you can clearly see the votrepreneurs do not have the country's interests at heart. All they care about is their re-election. For them, democracy is about vote buying, not with their own money but with taxpayer's money. As I said in my earlier essays, we must reform the system such that the personal interests of the political elite co-incides with the national interests.

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