“Democracy is a song, a composition for Majority’s voice. Its lyrics are inspiring and strong: the equal right to enjoy our choice. ” – Kayle (Best Tweet Winner)
According to Kayle, one of George Stroumboulopoulos’ top five tweeters, democracy is a song that allows the majority to express its voice. Kayle has been taught that the majority of Canadians speak through the electoral process. This is why we are led to believe it is legitimate when the Prime Minister claims to speak for “us” and somehow knows what “we want” and what is “good for us”.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. The historical data from Elections Canada prove that it has been a small minority of Canadians that has been represented by the ruling majority party or minority parties. (Henceforth, I will use the term “ruling party(s)” to cover both majority and minority cases.) Consider the following graph, where:
1) The blue line indicates the percentage of eligible voters who voted for the federal ruling party(s) since 1945. Of the twenty-two elections that have occurred between now and then, only six governments were elected where more than 50% of eligible voters voted for the ruling party(s) (all six were minority governments). Majority governments never represented more than 43% of eligible voters. Currently, the Conservative majority government represents a mere 24% of eligible voters.
2) The green line indicates the percentage of working-age residents who were represented by the ruling party(s) over the same time period. No ruling party(s) over the period studied has represented more than 40% of working-age residents. At this time, the Conservative government represents a paltry 13% of working-age residents.
In spite of this evidence, the politicians and the MSM continue to lie about the true nature of Canada’s democracy. The data proves that the ruling party(s) has historically represented only a minority of Canadians. And the trend is becoming worse. Consider the following graph which depicts the percentage of eligible voters that has bothered to cast a vote in federal elections since 1945. The trend is definitely downward at an accelerating rate. It appears that the curve will fall below 50% in the not too distant future (possibly within 15 years).
The declining voter turnout is worrying both the politicians and the MSM. In 2011, John Ibbitson of The Globe and Mail wrote. “Only a third of first-time voters today are actually voting, half the rate of a generation ago.” Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is quoted as saying, “We have to undertake something.” The premier is unclear about what that “something” is, but it’s likely compulsory voting.
In Australia, compulsory voting was introduced in 1924 due to low voter turnout. Australian voters are now legally compelled to vote. Those who fail to show-up at the polls face a $20 fine. Therefore, we can expect an increase in political and MSM calls for compulsory voting in Canada, too. In fact, the propaganda has already kicked-off (see here, here and here).
However, even if Canada’s voter turnout reaches Australia’s average of 94%, then the data indicates that majority governments would still fail to represent a majority of eligible voters, and both majority and minority governments would fail dismally to represent all working-age residents.
In conclusion, the idea that Canadian government represents a majority of Canadians is a lie perpetrated by the minority to convince the majority that the government is legitimate. In the context of majority rule, it certainly is not legitimate. The federal government is a minocracy where a minority of electors rule. Canada’s song of democracy is not a composition for the voice of the majority and its lyrics are neither inspiring nor strong.