I am not a radical extremist

Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press from CBCNews.ca

Heritage Minister James Moore thinks that anyone who opposes his copyright legislation is a “radical extremists”. Yep! Just like that.

Never mind the fact that our system of government is designed around the basic tenet that proposed legislation should be discussed in a forum where opposing interests have a voice. Nope.  The bill is perfect, so everyone that disagrees must be mistaken. Right?

Oh, and lets just ignore the obvious undertones involved when anyone uses the term “radical extremist”.  It’s not like people will actually make the links anyway. Right?

Right?

I’ve seen a lot of politicians make questionable statements.  But this is different.

Moore has essentially eliminated all legitimate opposition to his bill, by simply assuming that he is right and the rest of the country is wrong.

Well, I’m sorry Mr. Moore but you are wrong. Not because you believe in your bill – you have every right to believe in it. No, you are wrong because you do not understand the system of government that is used in this country.  It’s called representative democracy, and it means that you as a representative work for us.  You do not tell us that we are wrong, we tell you what we want, and you fight for it.

If we tell you that we don’t like a bill, then you don’t pass it.  It’s really that simple.  If you don’t like the job that we have given you, then go work for someone else.

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2 Responses to “I am not a radical extremist”

  1. If we tell you that we don’t like a bill, then you don’t pass it. It’s really that simple. If you don’t like the job that we have given you, then go work for someone else.

    I think I’d phrase this differently. Representatives are supposed to represent us, and if they do an unsatisfactory job, we vote them out of office.

    In a two-party system, you don’t have much say at all on an issue if the two major parties more-or-less agree. That’s the system we’re stuck with here in the US, and I imagine it’s somewhat similar up there in Canada.

  2. Ah, but you’ve fallen into the vote-them-out trap. I agree that in practice this is exactly what happens: every time we have an election we vote-out the people we don’t like anymore. But that’s not the way it is supposed to work. The electorate is supposed to be voting IN people that will represent its interests. There shouldn’t ever be a reason to vote someone out, because there should never be a conflict between the actions of the representative and beliefs of the electorate – an elected official is required to represent the electorate, regardless of how that official feels about any given issue.

    To your other point – Canada isn’t a two party system, it just always seems to work out as if it is. But the idea that the electorate has little input when all major parties agree is an extension of the problem that I was just explaining. All elected official are representatives, so they should never be at odds with the electorate in the first place.

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