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Bill 525 & Blaine Calkins MP

Bill 525: An anti-labour bill in which workers who don't vote (maybe because they were on vacation or the employer dissuaded them) are considered to have voted against unionization. First of its kind in Canada.

Brought to you by Blaine, a good ole boy from Rural Alberta who wouldn’t recognize democracy if he drove into it with his pick-up truck.

blaineRemember the ‘silent majority’? It was a term used by the most crooked of American politicians, Richard Nixon. Nixon kept insisting that his policies were justified because he had the support of the folks who never bothered to say anything, do anything or express an opinion on anything - and he used this silent majority to justify corrupting the constitution, illegally wiretapping teachers, trade union leaders and waging deadly, secret and illegal wars in South Asia.

Yeah that silent majority! The great unwashed that held the future in their hands because they couldn’t be bothered to speak or vote…

WELL THE SILENT MAJORITY IS BACK, ALL BECAUSE SOME COCKAMAIME CONSERVATIUVE MP THINKS LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T VOTE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO DO.

What he is really trying to do is rig the game. He’s doing it because he has an ideological bias against unions – so biased that he claims every vote not cast in a union election must be a vote against the unions.

But just for the hell of it, let’s go with his argument and apply his reasoning to his own election!

On Blaine’s website, he likes to claim he got 81% of the popular vote; yeah he did, but of the votes cast; but only 58% of the people bothered to vote. So if we count every non-vote as a vote against Blaine then the results are a lot different: if we subtract the votes not cast from his total of votes then the election is a real squeaker and he actually gets fewer votes than all the other folks running for office. But wait! If we applied the same rules to the whole federal election, the Conservatives would lose by a landslide and we’d have a new government.

To retain some semblance of democracy, Blaine Calkins has to go. Harper’s Conservatives have to go. And if we apply Blaine’s new reasoning that won’t be hard at all. You won’t need to do anything. In fact, do nothing. Don’t vote – and Calkins and his MP’s will take that as clear undeniable evidence that you don’t like them, don’t want them and don’t need them. So they’ll go away.

Thanks Blaine, great idea! So head on back home now and start looking for another job and let the spirit of democracy try to filter its way back into Parliament. It’s still going to be one tough slog though…

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