Democracy runneth over


 

Preston Manning sees hope—or the possibility thereof—in David Cameron’s Britain.

… here in Canada, will any political party be willing to experiment with the “open primary” to attract more Canadians into the process of putting candidates’ names on the ballot and thereby, one hopes, increasing public interest in the campaign and election to follow?

In North America, it is the United States that has made greatest use of the primary system, which is why Canadian liberals and social democrats – pathologically averse to adopting U.S. political practices – are unlikely to embrace it.

But what about Canadian conservatives? If the British Conservative Party – far older and tradition-bound than any Canadian counterpart – can experiment with such democratic innovations, why can’t Canadian conservatives?


 

Democracy runneth over

  1. I just spit coffee all over my monitor.

    “If the British Conservative Party – far older and tradition-bound than any Canadian counterpart – can experiment with such democratic innovations, why can’t Canadian conservatives?”

    Because Dear Leader would never open up his political fortunes to additional democratic influences like that – he barely sticks to the semi-democratic selection process that he’s already bound to. Has Mr Manning never met Mr Harper?

    Also: “which is why Canadian liberals and social democrats – pathologically averse to adopting U.S. political practices – are unlikely to embrace it.”

    Uh, what?

  2. Every time Preston writings one of these little opinion pieces that make no sense, my opinion of him drops.

  3. I'm sorry, I'm confused. Maybe just ignorant.

    I thought in the U.S., the people who voted in the primaries were registered voters of a party. I.e., the democratic primaries had registered democrats eligible to vote, while the republican primaries had registered republicans voting.

    This makes sense to me, unlike the Totnes example -unless Preston Manning got it all wrong. I am a Liberal. So, if I am asked to vote for the best Conservative candidate in my riding, I will be sorely tempted to pick the WORST candidate. If I pick someone who is not electable (for example, someone so far right he makes Steyn look like a dipper) that should make it easier for my guy to sweep the election. Alternatively, I could pick the guy I would most want out of the three on offer–in this case that would be the person most like a Liberal. Either way, I think it does the Conservatives of my riding a disservice.

    The only way this could work is if we abandoned party politics altogether. And I'm pretty much all for that idea, but if that's the case, who is deciding on the short list?

    • "I thought in the U.S., the people who voted in the primaries were registered voters of a party. I.e., the democratic primaries had registered democrats eligible to vote, while the republican primaries had registered republicans voting."

      Not in "open" primaries which many states have, and in which registered voters of any party (or independents) can vote. I think about 15 or 20 states have open primaries at the Presidential level.

  4. I hope the Globe isn't paying this guy for this drivel.

  5. "why can't Canadian conservatives?"

    Because Canadian conservatism doesn't exist. The name is simply a different shade of Liberal red.

    Canadians are statist fish.

  6. I feel that David Cameron must have been the man who will change the virtues of the Great Britain in the international platforms ,the man who had created history broke the draught of 70 years as first PM form the coalition government must be adhere to what he perceive to be assertive diplomacy and being the tag of the youngest PM in the history of Britain will certainly calls for the youth revolution in empowerment of the young guns of Britain. Indeed he had pre established dozen of plans for the international concerns including top rated Terrorism and Global warming, as it is latest updated in dozen media i came across his manifesto for Green and Clean world, which sounds incredible.