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Maclean’s on the Hill: Electoral reform, pipelines, and a Tory crisis

Our Ottawa bureau’s weekly politics podcast takes on a hectic week in Ottawa on democratic reform and energy politics


 

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Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, outrage over electoral reform. A long-awaited committee report on changing our voting system led to heated exchanges between Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef and her opposition critics. From proportional representation and referendums to accusations and apologies in the House of Commons, we break down the issue with Conservative MP Scott Reid—a key member of the electoral reform committee.

Next, we hold a Maclean’s panel with Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes and associate editor Shannon Proudfoot that breaks down the political drama and looks ahead to what comes next on a contentious debate.

The Trudeau government approved two major pipeline projects but rejected another—and it’s caused controversy on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr explains why the government gave the green light to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain proposal, and addressed comments about protesters and the military that rubbed critics the wrong way.

Finally, we speak with Tory pundit Tim Powers about the existential crisis facing the Conservative party, and how the current leadership race could address those challenges.

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Part 1. Parliament shouts about electoral reform

Members of the House of Commons special committe on electoral reform Luc Therault Bloc Quebecois, left to right, Scott Reid Conservative Party, Francis Scarpaleggia Liberal Party, Nathan Cullen NDP, and Elizabeth May Green Party hold a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, Decemeber 1, 2016. A special all-party committee is recommending that the Trudeau government design a new proportional voting system and hold a national referendum to gauge how much Canadians would support it. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Members of the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform hold a news conference in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Outrage over electoral reform: a long-awaited committee report on changing our voting system led to heated exchanges between Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef and her opposition critics. From proportional representation and referendums to accusations and apologies in the House of Commons, we break down the issue with Conservative MP Scott Reid—a key member of the electoral reform committee.



Part 2. What’s next for electoral reform?

Demoncratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov. 28, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

We hold a Maclean’s panel with Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes and associate editor Shannon Proudfoot that breaks down the political drama and looks ahead to what comes next on a contentious electoral reform debate.



Part 3. Jim Carr defends new pipelines

Canada's new Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is sworn-in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie  - RTX1URRT

Canada’s new Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is sworn-in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie – RTX1URRT

The Trudeau government approved two major pipeline projects but rejected another—and it’s caused controversy on both the left and the right of the political spectrum. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr explains why the government gave the green light to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain proposal, and addressed comments about protesters and the military that rubbed critics the wrong way.



Part 4. On a Conservative identity crisis

From left to right, Chris Alexander, Maxime Bernier, Andrew Scheer, Erin O'Toole and Lisa Rait look on as Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong responds to questions from the audience at a Conservative leadership debate in Greely, Ont., on Sunday, November 13, 2016. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

From left to right, Chris Alexander, Maxime Bernier, Andrew Scheer, Erin O’Toole and Lisa Rait look on as Conservative leadership candidate Michael Chong responds to questions from the audience at a Conservative leadership debate in Greely, Ont., on Sunday, November 13, 2016. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

We speak with Tory pundit Tim Powers about the existential crisis facing the Conservative party, and how the current leadership race could address those challenges.


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Maclean’s on the Hill: Electoral reform, pipelines, and a Tory crisis

  1. The Special Committee have been scorned and mocked for what they were wise to do: show commendable restraint: Partisans rush in where democrats fear to tread. The Liberal committee members remembered: Act in haste, repent at leisure. The Green and the NDP members did not push their favored MMP method, which is how to make an unscientific voting method. MMP has also been discarded by Italy (and other countries) for its dysfunctional double-claim on representation loop-hole. And denounced by the Richard report (which recommended STV). MMP is fundamentally undemocratic, since dual candidature (endorsed by the Canada Law Commission) makes MMP a doubly safe-seat system. There is more, much more. MMP is bad news.
    My free books cover this and many other cautionary tales of electoral method and reform.
    Google: ERRE>Work>Electoral Reform>Briefs) namely, BC Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform (September 23).
    Richard Lung.
    Website: Democracy Science; with links to 3 free e-books on election method: Peace-making Power-sharing; Scientific Method of Elections; Science is Ethics as Electics.