Trudeau proving to be a political heavyweight?
The link is about a week old, but still pertinent. The three points I disagree with him are:
1. I lean more towards scrapping the senate.
2. I prefer first-past-the-post (pro-rep would merely give parties even more power), though I could support removing party names from ballots and have then run as independent candidates like in Nunavut.
3. I'd say let individual MPs oppose the Charter. Let's remember that the Charter was written near the height of the residential school era, and certain portions thereof, specifically the language provisions, are clearly influenced by the residential-school era notion of two fouding races explicitly excluding indigenous peoples as laid out in the Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. I'm sure anyone who reads the Report in light of the Reconciliation Era which we have now entered would have a difficult time stomaching its contents. Add to that that I have not met one indigenous person yet (and I've spoken to many about this) who supports official bilingualism in its current form.
Two other points:
1How can Trudeau support the Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human rights when the United Nations High commission for Human Rights has already officially officially ruled against teh separate school system that the Charter upholds? To be fair, Trudeau has never voiced support for the UDHR, but since I have far more respect for the UDHR myself, and the two are clearly in conflit with one another at least on the issue of the Separate school system, Trudeau would have a hard time if pressed to then defend the UDHR while also defending the Charter.
2. Seeing that now Trudeau wants more autonomy for individual MPs, how can he support proportional representation and more autonomy for MPs when the two principles run coutner to one another? In a first-past-the-post ssytem, it absolutely makes sense to give MPs more autonomy, and I personally lean more towards that. However, should we adopt a more pro-rep system, then it would not make sense to give MPs more freedom if it's the party we voted for and not the candidate. Unless of course he means to support more freedom for MPs under the current FPTP system and would change that back under a PR system. If that is his intent, then that would show a rational mind capable of understanding that under FPTP it makes sense that power is held based on what we voted for, and same with PR.
Anyway, these are my ideas on Trudeau so far.