Democracy, a form of government civilized people claim to have and be associated with.
But, what is democracy? Can Canada claim to be truly democratic?
Let’s look at some common definitions:
Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws.
government by the people; especially: rule of the majority in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.
There should be no need to litanize all the horrors of what becomes of people in a nation which does not hold onto the ideals of democracy – that allows democracy to become second place – whose fiscal responsibility means wealth in money alone.
The four ideals or pillars of democracy are; freedom, representation, equity, and justice. These fundamentals encompass all social, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial equality through fraternity (brotherhood) while sustaining the arts which give life it’s beauty and meaning – community which grants us a sense of belonging and ownership – individuality which makes us who we are and imparts importance – environments, ecology, ecosystems which in turn sustain life and are the reasons for life.
There is an old adage,”We must learn from the past to avoid the same mistakes in the future.”
From: Poverty matters
The absence of transparency, accountability and participation as explicit aims within the current goals is in part to blame. We must learn from the past and ensure transparency and accountability are at the heart of the new agenda. The new goals should be measurable, so that policymakers and citizens can track progress and monitor service delivery. Better access to information will reduce corruption, improve decision-making and allocation of resources, empower citizens and support good governance, …..the need to “invest in stable and accountable institutions, fight corruption, [and] ensure the rule of law” and call for a “data revolution”.
Are we learning from the past? An easy answer is look around. Are peoples lives becoming enriched? Is Parliament improving? How is government? –more open? ..more accountable? ..are people more equal? ..is there less poverty? Where is the individuality? “And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky, and they all look just the same.”
I am reminded of the 1972 classic by the “Who”, Don’t get fooled again. A ‘celebration’ of all achievements and accomplishments which ends “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss”.