2017-07-31 Mon

Democracy

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Edward Keenan writes mostly good articles in The Toronto Star, but I take exception to a piece here.

Keenan promotes the idea of representation by population.

Who can deny that Australia is a strong democracy and a powerful economic force, especially given its size and isolation. Perth, the capital of the State of Western Australia, is the most Isolated Capital City in the world.

Yet, back in 1901, State of Western Australia refused to join in a federated Australia unless conditions of equal representation in the Senate were met.

That is, State of Western Australia said “Unless each member state has equal voting power, we will not join”.

Then, as now, W.A. had the most money, in those days in terms of Gold. The state’s population was about 65,000 (spread over a million square MILES), and so the other states caved in and Australia was federated with 10 Senate Representatives per state, regardless of population.

Today the figure is twelve representatives per state.

The senate of Australia is based on State representation, not on Population.

Who can deny that Australia is a strong democracy and a powerful economic force, especially given its size and isolation.

The Canadian Malaise

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Another collision between a car and a cyclist. Another law case. More money for lawyers.

In all collisions between a car and a cyclist, the cyclist loses, the lawyers get richer, and the car driver escapes uninjured and, yes, alive.

What is Canada’s Response?

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The Transportation Minister in this region says that :he is open to the idea”.

We are told that the “idea is on the radar”

And “more than a year later” the Minister is still exploring all available options.

So, have we checked under THAT flat rock yet? Well Hurry up, because we still have to go over Etobicoke Creek and the Don River ...

Exploring all Available Options is a losing strategy. It’s like looking for the largest integer. As soon as you think you have found it, you just add one and you have a different largest integer.

Study for two months, then stop studying and implement the best idea to date.

Put concrete slabs down the side of each road, those slabs that line the parking lots of the strip malls.

Get going.

Do something other than think.

Or Do something other than write about it.