Good opinion piece in the Star from Jim Travers today : The quiet unravelling of Canadian democracy.
It's not often one reads in the press about our slow slide towards becoming a northern banana republic and I can't remember the last time anyone mentioned the quiet coup perpetuated on an unwitting electorate by Canada's premier paramilitary organization - RCMP Commissioner Zaccardelli ousts Martin - or the failure of our three main parties to address it.
To Jim's points I would add the following three conditions that also qualify Canada for banana republic status :
The Security and Prosperity Partnership
Rumours of its demise have been greatly exaggerated and mostly by its fans. A government assisted corporate plan to free up the movement of capitol and labour without public participation or oversight within a militarized North America, it has scarcely received mention since the last big Three Amigos bunfest. Yet on Thursday Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan appeared before the public safety committee to announce some princely sum in the millions "towards further implementation of the SPP".
Dispensing with the bother of elected representation
In addition to the first-past-the-post electoral system in which only a handful of votes in a few swing ridings actually count, there is the matter of both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition holding office by fiat. Harper dissolved parliament rather than face an election and Iggy was just simply crowned after the Liberal Party executive voted not to give the actual rank and file members of the Liberal Party the vote.
Canadians are more likely to know the names of Sarah Palin's grandchildren than they are to know that they probably received this news from just three Canadian media corporations.
Banana republic stuff - all of it.
Travers' column previously noted today by Jennifer, Chrystal, and Chet.
Cross-posted at Creekside