"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday 12 February 2016


,Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "I MISS DAVID LETTERMAN": 

We cannot understand the American election system.
Neither can they.

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 12 February 2016 at 14:10


We understand the differences between us.

Prime Ministers are not elected at large. The leader of the party elected becomes Prime Minister
of the country. 

The leader can be elected leader without holding an elected seat but can't effectively be Prime Minister without holding a seat . So if the leader elected doesn't have a seat ,he has to persuade another elected representative to give up his seat so the leader can be the leader. 

Candidate nomination requires party approval as well as a membership vote at the riding level. 

A member can be expelled from a party by the leader if they breach caucus discipline or bring discredit to the party. It happens. They continue to hold the seat until the next election. Although  they no longer represent the riding, they cannot be compelled to resign. 

A leadership convention can be called if a leader loses the confidence of the party. The convention is called by the leader.

Parties set the rules for leadership conferences. 

There are no term limits for Prime Minister. 

In the States, there's a tendency to assassinate Presidents and maybe a Governor or two. 

We don't do that. 

Also in the States, they campaign for the presidency in every state. Delegates are assigned. Some are gifted. 

But on election day, registered voters also cast ballots. Not everyone gets registered. Not sure how that works.  Votes are counted, excitement is intense. 

It seems one thing we have in common ,is difficulty making amendments to the constitution. 
In Canada ,every Province must support the amendment. Except,I think ,Quebec. 

See...it's so much simpler in Canada. it's probably why we find the American system complicated.


Anonymous said...

I'll take our good old British parliamentary system any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

Ours is infinitely better even with its deficiencies.
On a lighter ? note, GW Bush is going to campaign for Jeb.

Anonymous said...

The American system cannot be trusted. Gore received more votes than Bush but lost when florida intervened in the courts.

all that hanging chad nonsense,

Anonymous said...

Darcy McGee was assassinated as an MP.

It resulted in Canada's last public hanging.

It was long ago but, it happened in Canada.

Anonymous said...

All provinces must approve amendments.... including Quebec.