As we reach election day, it is important to recognize the contributions of all independent candidates. Through their independence, each and ever one of them has demonstrated why Independent candidates are important throughout the country. We wish each of them the best on election day.
That, said it is important to recognize the very special contribution of Independent candidate David Marler.
According to Mr. Marler:
“My entry into the race has been designed to promote the notion that we must vote for the most capable candidate, whoever one considers that to be, and one who undertakes, first and foremost, to represent the people of the riding. That is the way it is supposed to be. That is the way that it was. That is the way to which we must return.”
In commenting on the problems with the parties and party candidates Mr. Marler notes that:
“We have witnessed over the last number of decades an astonishing series of scandals emanating from the political culture of Ottawa. It seems that we just get over one when another emerges. The Liberals and Conservatives take delight in exposing the nefarious activities of the other and each seeks to gain political mileage thereby. However, the reality is simply the pot calling the kettle black. The truth is that there is something rotten in the state. Why is this so and what can be done about it?
The “why is this so” results, in my view, not from an inherent dishonesty in the individual Canadian person nor in those who aspire to be our politicians. Certainly, there are individuals in the country who are prone to seeking their objectives by less than ethical means. However, the vast majority of Canadians and politicians are decent and honourable people. The problem is that when they get to Ottawa as members of either of the two established parties, they find, unless they wish to climb the slippery slope of political opportunism, they are merely the foot soldiers of forces run from behind closed doors, in back rooms and by people who were not elected to office, the very existence of whom is largely unknown. These are the people who operate in the PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) or the OLO (Office of the Leader of the Opposition). Surely such a system is in contradiction to what is intended. Surely what is intended is that each district in the country send to Ottawa its brightest and its best so that they might deliberate with intellectual integrity on what is in the interests of Canada as a whole.
The origins of the Canadian parliamentary system can be traced to the establishment of parliament in Great Britain in the thirteenth century when the common people, hence the “House of Commons”, were given certain powers over the dictatorial rights of the monarch. Nonetheless, well into the nineteenth century it was still the monarch who chose the Prime Minister, who was not necessarily a member of the House of Commons, and who chose the executive branch of the government, i.e. those people who we now call cabinet ministers, who, again, were not necessarily members of the House of Commons. However, to secure and maintain power it became apparent to the appointees of the monarch that they would be more successful were they able to organize a following of some permanency in the House of Commons. Thus we became accustomed to two principal political parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals, the members of which slavishly followed the policies dictated to them by their leaders.
This is the situation which we have today and the reason why those elected to the House of Commons in Canada are simply the “yes people” of the leader of their party. The result is that people popularly describe the party by the name of its leader, with the local representative being nothing more than his/her porte-parole. This makes the Prime Minister, in the Canadian political context, more powerful than the President in the American context. The latter must submit draft legislation to a distinct and autonomous body, Congress. In Canada, a prime minister enjoying a majority submits proposed legislation to the House of Commons confident that every member of the ruling majority will vote for its passage.
Thus, if we the people, who are the only ones with the vote, do not exercise it so as to send to Ottawa our best people, then we are hardly in a position to complain when our politicians behave in a manner of which we disapprove.”
In addition, make sure that you read Mr. Marler’s book which is available as a free download at:
See also this earlier post about Mr. Marler.