Canadians have become cynical about politicians and government. The Quebec sponsorship scandal and the Harper “In-and-Out” election financing fraud are among scandals and broken promises causing Canadians to lose trust in government. People are also disillusioned with MPs’ allegiance to parties instead of constituents, government inefficiency and wasteful spending, and the failure of government to address critical issues like the climate crisis. On top of this, we have an outdated voting system where the popular vote is not translated into seats, leaving many voters unrepresented. Many citizens, especially youth, are so frustrated that they don’t even bother to vote.
When our government is at its best, it represents all of us and brings us together to accomplish things we cannot accomplish alone. Our parliament should be a model of statesmanship and cooperation, working for the good of all Canadians. It should deal creatively and constructively with issues and spend taxpayers’ money prudently. MPs should be elected through a fair voting system that ensures parties get a share of seats in parliament that is equal to their share of the popular vote. Canadians should be proud of their government and trust that it is acting in their best interests.