Nov 2, 2016
Queen Spoofs US Democracy
in Canada is two months, not 2 years
Macdonald, M. Sc., Chilliwack
Macdonald says this is an amazing spoof. It is just what is needed.
In Canada we have better government than the USA does with a
Governor General and a Prime Minister.
Much ceremonial duty and honoring of
local and visiting dignitaries is done by the Governor General and
the Provincial Lieutenant Governors, leaving the Prime Minister with
time for legislative duties. Our Senate is only for background
committees and sobre second thought, and has no legislative
The ruling party in Parliament and the Prime Minister belong to one
party. It is agony in the USA when the Congress and the Senate both
have majorities from the opposing party. President Obama was blocked
in everything he tried to do. Then he is blamed for being weak.
By the way, the USA was great only for 4 years when President
Roosevelt in the New Deal got the rich to fund industry and
infrastructure and his wife Eleanor got justice started for women.
After prosperity came he let the rich take over again. Let us all
challenge the new president to apply their wealth for good again.
America has not been great, nor is it America. It is the United
States of America and they are not united. The southern states are
still polarized from the north and do not try to find common ground
and unity. The civil war continues.
The role of the Queen in Great Britain has been to meet with the
Prime Minister weekly in secret. She has wide perspective from
having done so with many prime ministers of different political
parties. They have found her to be a good listener, encourager and
unbiased counselor. In republics the President could have that
supportive role and the Prime Minister be responsible for
legislation. Putin has had both titles but still kept power for
legislation in both!!
In high school I studied Civics which helped me understand our
parliamentary system better and better, from the time I was in my
teens until now that I am 95 years of age. Living in democratic
India for 16 years off and on from 1946 until 1983 helped me
appreciate the great value of listening to all ordinary people for
decisionmaking. Long before independence came in Jan 1947 rule in
India was democratic in villages, towns, cities and provinces. The
civil service, police, railways and educational system were well
prepared for independence. The one big error was to split the
country into Pakistan and India. The Sikhs were driven out of
Pakistan. The Indian Muslims who moved into Karachi have not
cooperated well with local Muslims, The population of India itself
remained 11 % Muslim, and the amount of unrest is minimal. Pakistan
wants Kashmir. Floods in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) devastate that
In Canada before elections our electioneering lasts one month, not
two years as in the USA. The last election it was extended to 6
weeks and that got exhausting. US customs infect Canadians. Now a
lot of time and energy are being wasted by the Conservative Party
trying to find a leader. Not good!
Canada became self-governing long before the USA did. The regional
systems we had long before Confederation in 1867 were democratic,
with elected legislatures. We were not ruled from England. All the
Governor Generals we had were advisory, although noblemen from
England until the 1920s. Confederation and the trans-Canada Railway
and telegraph united us from sea to sea with a federal elected
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