Inclusive Democracy – Canada

(Available for download, at the bottom of this page and on the contact page, is a link to a PDF copy of a paper that expands on this topic. It offers a view of Canada evolving to Inclusive Democracy and the part played by Democratic Individualism.)

Given its cultural, geographic, and economic diversity Canada is an excellent candidate to be the first nation to evolve to and embrace Inclusive Democracy as its national political system of governance.

“The very essence of democracy is that it reflects people power and not simply the constitutional choice of … elites.”

Diamond, Larry. The Spirit of Democracy. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Were Canada to evolve to unicameral Inclusive democracy it would mark the birth of the Inclusive Democracy Era. Central features of Canadian inclusive democracy government would include: the absence of political parties,  governance guided by the Canada Assembly, independent members elected to the Canada Assembly by their constituency, and a National Minister elected from and by the assembly members.. Debating and voting would be restricted to the members of the Canada Assembly. 

Inclusive Democracy, in addition to enabling the generation, of new policy initiatives, would afford the Canada Assembly the opportunity to solve the problems left hanging by the warring politicians during the passing exclusive democracy period. The government would necessarily focus on the needs of the nation; all of the people and all of the country. A political party should not be the focal point, let alone be in focus at all.  By eliminating political parties, inclusive governmental polarization around issues and aspirations will be far more productive than political party polarization around “how to get elected”.

Following is a partial list of unresolved matters currently awaiting the arrival of an inclusive Canada Assembly:  increasing economic inequality … entrenched bigotry … Indigenous Nations matters … climate change …  languishing legislative matters … increasing economic regionalism … economic deserts … rising migration … and …

Inclusive Democracy can embrace and resolve these languishing issues, which often have been given no more than lip-service as political parties alternated their dominance in government. Don’t you have to ask yourself, “Why have we let this go on for so long?”. It would probably be accurate to suggest it is because extinction is never easy for those entities that are about to become extinct.

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“In an inclusive democracy the government is responsible for managing the country based on input from all constituents from all regions. Whereas, in an exclusive democracy the responsibility is taken by a self-interested political party elite.” – Author

The Canada Assembly comprised of independent Elected Representatives, including voting representation of the Assembly of First Nations(“AFN”), ensures interests of all Canadians will be considered in initiatives regardless of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of each initiative. Each elected representative will be equally responsible to their constituency and to Canada. Given the independent and diverse composition of the National Assembly elected membership, the outcome of all-inclusive deliberations by the assembly will be broadly acceptable to the Canadian populace.

Inclusive Democracy puts the power of constituents  in the hands of their elected representative. She/he will carry her/his power to the National Assembly where it will be included  in policy formation deliberations. Resulting policy proposals will be forwarded to the appointed Advisory Commission for review and the preparation of a critique of the intended legislation. The report will be provided to the National Assembly to inform the pending pre-vote debate, following which, the proposed policy will be debated and voted on.  

The political party elites have generally controlled democracy in Canada since confederation. Now is the time to change the system. Eliminate political parties and hand the reins to independent elected representatives – the people elected to represent their constituency.

“I have emphasized that democracy cannot be expected to function satisfactorily unless the vast majority of the people in all classes are resolved to abide by the rules of the democratic game and that this in turn implies that they are substantially agreed on the fundamentals of their institutional structure.

Diamond, Larry. The Spirit of Democracy. New York: Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

From the presumed introduction to the world of democracy in Greece 2600 years ago, the Era of Exclusive Democracy has prevailed. While democracy in practice has evolved somewhat, it has remained exclusive. Evolving to Inclusive Democracy will put the power of the people  in the hands of their elected representatives who will carry the power to the Canada Assembly to be included  in policy formation deliberations, prioritization, and enacting; people-up all the way.

Sun Rises on Inclusivity

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Evolving to the inclusive government model will be disruptive – it will be evolutionary. We can either choose Inclusive Democracy or leave it to the elites to choose for us. For more than two Millenia the choice was not inclusivity. We can do better. This is a call to evolve – Evolution is necessary to save democracy .

As exclusive democracy continues toward extinction, the time for evolution is now. Canada is an excellent candidate to commence evolution to Inclusive Democracy and the introduction of a new Era of democracy .

Download the Treatise – Inclusive Democracy – Canada (PDF)