Treasure Island

James Bredin

(1933 / Ennis Canada)

If


IF
BY
JAMES BREDIN AUG 9TH,2012


If we had binding referendums like the Swiss have had for years,
Could we maybe interrupt some useless political careers?
Or maybe proportional representation or a plebiscite,
Unfortunately Ottawa aristocrats don't have this appetite.




If we could eventually elect senators or judges?
Could we show that the system doesn't run on hidden grudges?
If we were finally allowed death with dignity?
Could we wish them well as we die without pain or indignity?




If they finally brought down mandatory voting for us,
Or a twenty dollar fine at tax time more or less,
If constituents had recall allowed of their own politician,
Am I getting ahead of myself or is this just superstition?


AUG 9TH,2012

Submitted: Thursday, August 09, 2012
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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (8/9/2012 7:49:00 PM)

    the political system is such that we actually believe the system with out trusting those completely, that is why we have check and balances. Swiss has their own way of rotatory ruling, which is good, so no corrupt practice is allowed, the election of judges and senators are too elaborate, but worth considering to keep the judiciary away from the legislature and executive who are abusing this system in most of the country. Nice poem! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (8/9/2012 7:35:00 PM)

    One of Harper's original platforms was to reform the Senate, but then neglected to do any type of major over haul or posible elimination, then again that federal majority was only gained becasue 40% of canadians decided not to participate (though in truth I think the hiest vote has only ever been 80%) either way a leader reflects the state of a nation and King stephan reflects our country

    GREAT Poem though (Report) Reply

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