Monday, January 23, 2006
Election Night in Canada
It's obvious, isn't it? Voting for the best candidate in your riding and voting for the best party in the country are the two pulls of an election ballot that are in direct conflict with each other. Either we vote dolts into Parliament or a doltish party into Parliament. The doltish party seems the greater evil.
Small wonder we're running an election over corruption.
This weekend, the Kingston Whig-Standard officially endorsed Eric Walton, the Green candidate, as the best-calibre candidate on the ballot with the best balance of good vs weak policies. But how much strength will that endorsement of an individual have against the pull of the parties?
The Star's Richard Gwyn said last week that first-past-the-post system works well. Works well for whom and for what?
The good guys don't win. First-past-the-post is really first-past-the-best.