An Odd Canadian Custom…


Jagmeet Singh, the Canadian Socialist, has a rather cavalier attitude to the electorate, esp. the voters in British Columbia whom he will tolerate as neighbours only if they vote for him,

We’ll learn in a few hours if the Burnaby folks appreciate his carpet-bagging condescension, but whilst reading about the by-election I noticed that the Canadian Green Party had chosen not to join in the fight – yet all other parties are battling hard.

The Greens’ Elizabeth May excused the opting out by invoking something called the “leader’s courtesy.”

“The leader’s courtesy is a longstanding Canadian parliamentary tradition that facilitates a newly elected party leader’s entry to the legislature by allowing him or her to contest a byelection unopposed…”

I have not lived in Canada for many years and while I keep up with big issues there, I was unaware of that ‘tradition.’

It seems to me deplorable, as indefensible as that which till recently obtained in the UK, whereby the Speaker was not opposed in parliamentary elections.

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Nobody should enter parliament unopposed.

In Britain these days, the Speaker has discarded all pretence of impartiality, Bercow’s blatant Europhiliac partisanship known to all…

Bercow’s Bad, But May’s Enforcers Are Evil! 

…. so one hopes he will be opposed next time round, and not only by minor parties as has happened in the past.

As for the dodgy Singh in Burnaby, he may or may not win, but if he does, surely he will feel he earned his win because he had to fight for it.