The uncertainty of outcomes is inherent in democracy, which makes all forces struggle repeatedly for the realization of their interests, being the devolution of power from a group of people to a set of rules. According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: a political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; the active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; protection of the human rights of all citizens; a rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens. (Wikipedia)
I previously posted the following on my April 5,2018 blog. ” I have democracy on my mind these days. I renewed my membership in the Conservative Party of Canada in order to vote for a new leader in the Province of Ontario. My choice of leader did not get elected but I am supporting the new provincial leader and volunteering for the conservative candidate in my home city of Guelph. I’m trying to understand what it means to be a Conservative versus a Liberal along with many other issues concerning the democratic process. I’m conservative mainly because I believe in prudent fiscal spending and not in handing out money left, right and centre to buy votes ,which is what the Liberals seem to be doing.”
So here you find me nineteen days later a very disillusioned and cynical citizen of democracy. Two candidates, Patrick Mayer and Ray Ferraro, put themselves forward in the nomination process for choosing the Guelph area candidate for the PC Party. I received bios and greetings, by email, from each of them hoping for my vote for the nomination. There was a meet and greet two weeks ago to introduce the candidates to the Guelph PC membership. Two days ago I received an email from the Ontario PC Party stating that Ray Ferraro had been chosen by the Ontario PC Party leader, Doug Ford, as the official candidate for the riding of Guelph. I emailed the other candidate asking what was going on and received the reply that he was as astounded as I was. He had just received a phone call from the Ontario PC’s thanking him for putting his name forward but they had chosen Ray as the candidate. Needless to say Patrick Mayer was extremely disappointed but would resign himself to the reality and support Ray Ferraro. And I thought to myself where’s the honesty and accountability in the PC Party and particularly its leader Doug Ford and my attitude changed.
I posted the following message on the official Guelph candidates and Ontario PC’s website:
” I am very disappointed in the way you were appointed as the Guelph candidate without a vote being held by the Guelph membership. I received emails from both you and Patrick regarding the Guelph candidacy and was expecting to vote for my choice. Than yesterday I receive an email from Ontario PC saying you were appointed the Guelph candidate. Where is the grass roots democracy in this process. What is the point of having a riding association if everything is handed down from head office. Where is the incentive to support you when the choice of choosing the candidate has been taken away from me. I would rather put up with another four years of Liberals and then hopefully vote for a new PC leader who will take grass roots membership into consideration. Obviously the whole leadership race was rushed and the Conservative Party needs another four years to understand its values and plot a path forward.”
I also tweeted Conservative politicians and some national news media columnists regarding Doug Ford and the loss of democracy for provincial ridings. Every time I received a tweet from Doug Ford or the PC Party I tweeted back in a negative manner. I then noticed some changes. My hands were turning green as I punched the keys in anger. I felt my nose getting misshapen, my ears growing and felt hair growing all over my body. OH NO! I was turning into an online troll. I rushed to the mirror and looked at my appearance in horror. It was true. What to do. How could I get out of this predicament. I suddenly remembered a tweet I had received from Jordan Peterson announcing he and Steven Pinker were having a discussion on YouTube. I grabbed my phone and frantically searched my Twitter messages. At last I found it and started typing ” Looking forward to your discussion. Two reasonable men talking. Should move the world forward a bit” and with each positive letter I found myself returning to normal. Lesson learned.