To the editor,
During the recent federal byelection, a Green Party canvasser solicited my support. My reply was, “Absolutely not.”
It isn’t that I don’t agree with what the Green Party is attempting to achieve. I explained to him that Canada’s political history is rife with political parties advocating ‘change’ and ‘a different way of doing things.’ Remember Preston Manning and the Reform party? For that matter what about Justin Trudeau and his promise to do politics differently? Look no further than Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott to witness how the ‘partyocratic’ system crushes the soul of those who genuinely believe that this time it will be different.
The strangulating partyocratic vice hobbles every party into behaving just like all the others. I have chosen to withdraw my support from a system that is completely dysfunctional and depriving us of the kind of governance that we both deserve and was recommended by the Spicer Commission report completed in 1990. Not one single party or political leader has advocated the necessary change to our political system.
J.G. Smith, Nanaimo
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