Wednesday, 4 May 2011

We are a majority - Tell Prime Minister Harper: We will hold you accountable.

We are a majority

Tell Prime Minister Harper: We will hold you accountable.

Thank you for what you have started. Throughout the election, you brought Canadians into our political process, you helped inspire Canadians across the country, and you were part of a historic shift of Canada's political landscape.

On Monday, a clear majority of Canadians voted for change. 9 million voters cast their ballots for parties that share much in common. 9 million voted to strengthen our democracy, protect our environment and increase our equality, values shared by the Leadnow community.

Yet, because these parties split the vote in riding after riding, Prime Minister Harper has gained near total control of our government with the support of less than 6 million voters.1 The only thing that can check his power is the shared voices of Canadians like you.

Right now, we need to send Prime Minister Harper a clear message that although he has a majority of seats, he does not enjoy majority support. In his acceptance speech, he said "...we must be the government of all Canadians, including those who did not vote for us." We expect him to follow through with this commitment, and we will be here, growing stronger every day to hold him to account to the agenda of a majority of voters:

The Conservatives now have control of the House of Commons, with free reign to appoint individuals to key posts and pass laws.2 Public opinion is the most powerful force to keep Prime Minister Harper in check. However big the majority, no government that disregards public opinion will govern for long.

We need to build a movement that can bring Canadians together to hold Prime Minister Harper accountable, build support to fix our democracy, and achieve progress on the major challenges facing our country through all levels of government.

Take the first step by telling Prime Minister Harper that his majority of seats does not give him free reign over our country, and that together we will hold him accountable: 

A new era of Canadian politics has begun. The election showed us that change is possible and our politics can be full of surprises. We have the opportunity to step up and begin to shape this new reality. We are deeply grateful to be working with you.

With admiration and hope,
Jamie, Adam, Matthew, Tria, and Ryan on behalf of the team

P.S. - See how the opposition parties and Conservatives compare in relation to the Leadnow community's priorities:

[1] Vancouver Sun: Vote-splitting saw Tories claim new seats
[2] CBC: Majority rules - just about everything is an independent, youth-led advocacy organization that helps Canadians of all generations participate in their democracy.

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