Saturday, October 23, 2021

Whatever the election results, be thankful we can vote freely


As a man once murmured to my mother while walking off the golf course, thank god it’s over. I mention the federal election, of course. But what can I say, writing before knowing a result that may be obvious by publication time? Or a mud-merk because of all the mail-in votes etc. I’m guessing everyone is lost. But also won.

Seat Guessing is a game that pundits like to play during missions. But I am not sure if the audience has enjoyed it enough and it is not good after the votes are counted and you know whether you are lucky or not. Voters probably didn’t.

My regular readers are aware that I find the options seriously indifferent. Even the endorsement resigns because the Toronto Star stuns us by backing liberals, National Post Erin O’Neill is weary for communism, and Le Devour picks up the bloc (wait for it ). And the United Steelworkers… well, you get the idea.

Years ago, I advocated that the Ottawa Citizens Editorial Board refuse to endorse any, and my editor declared it unthinkable, a rare lapse of judgment on their part. but soft. I come to praise the election as well as bury it.

So let’s take a step back and celebrate the fact that we didn’t know the result ahead of time. Unlike Russian editors, who didn’t have to wait long before hitting “print” on “the electoral victory of Putin’s ruling party”.

In fact, in a sense, clichéd and important, we also knew our result in advance. We knew we would get the vote, our ballots would be counted fairly, and for all the cheap shots and rants about tyranny, plutocrats, and the Great Reset, every party leader and at least half of the party were comfortably certain. Were that, whatever the outcome, no one would be rounded up and shot, put in jail, or beaten to a pulp.

Nor do we really think because our party lost, there will never be an election again. I notice that Justin Trudeau said he is ready for electoral reform and, after I finish my coffee, I want to declare that this is still a bad idea. Supporting O’Toole and rejecting Bernier, Conrad Black stated that “France did not have a single-party parliamentary majority in its first four republics from 1793 to 1958, but Canadians generally preferred a majority government.” Huh.”

I think we are right to do so, and adopting a system in which every election is like this would be a step further away from the workings of self-government. But derived from a joyous ignorance, not the kind of malice that flourishes in many political systems.

Like Russia, where the Communist Party got the second highest number of seats. Yes, almost one in five voters want Stalin back, while many people support Putin because they think he already is.

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Now consider France. It is actually better governed than most of the world. (Oh sorry, was that your coffee?) But instead of a parliamentary majority between 1793 and 1958, it saw several terrifying bursts of dictatorship, petty squabbles, and again mob rule. Napoleon III was no Stalin, or even Napoleon (instead Marx’s jibe “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce”) but the Paris Commune was no joke. Whereas here we will vote without any fear and vote again. Don’t forget to be happy, grateful and determined.

We will not vote without panic. At least I won’t. On the current trends, bankruptcy is probable and foreign conquest is conceivable. Canada is not governed seriously, and people eventually grow tired of systems that break trust in big and small ways. At the same time the citizens here are becoming more and more polite, which is not a spirit of eternal vigilance freedom requirements.

So I could wax ominous and would do it again. But a lapse in authoritarian thinking described by George Orwell in his political essays before, recalls a writer in Global Affairs: a strange failure in his sense of proportion. I never found the original and perhaps, unusually, the paraphrase improved upon it. Either way, one thing to protest in a democracy is the toxic tendency to describe opponents as monsters.

It is growing, from all sides. The left laughs about Bush Jr., and even more so about Bush Sr., Obama, the right, and there’s a lot more here in Canada. But as Adam Smith put it literally, “There is too much waste in a nation.” Democratic habits, not only the mechanics of giving speeches and voting but also individual self-government on which the political type depends, will remain strong despite antics of decency, restraint and the belief that our comrades will rally to defend themselves in a real crisis Politicians and partisans.

So yes, despite everything including candidates, seat counts, lousy campaigns, and broken promises, past, present, and future, I can predict in advance for later publication that we all won this election. Let’s celebrate it.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


John Robson is a documentary filmmaker, National Post columnist, editor of the Dorchester Review, commentator-at-large with NewsTalk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa, and executive director of Climate Discussion Nexus. His most recent documentary is “The Environment: A True Story”.


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