December 1st, 2014

What Rob Ford has taught me about democracy

So with the inauguration of the new mayor, I think it's fair to say let's look back. For all the public blunders, the incompetency, the ignorance of many to serve the interest of the few, the city of Toronto has stayed in place and not burnt to ashes. No matter which side of the fence you sat, you have to agree that the system works. His goodwill promises and ability to execute before was what swept him into office because people voted and believed that he was a viable candidate, yet it is the same people that has lost faith in him that has voted him out now.

As much as you find issues with FPP or proportional representation, it's absolutely amazing that a) after the election, people do come together and work towards a common goal, even if it's not the candidate you voted for and b) in the case of Ford, as he alienates more policies, the checks and balances in the system also prevents him from doing major harm to the system. If he wants to go on his own will (which he tried), he still has to face all the constituents that voted him in.

You know what's amazing about this system? It works. The idea is that a person, no matter where they are from, can move into power if they gain the will of the people. It's how Ford got there in the first place. There's no worry that "anyone can stroll in" because they still need to present ideas and policies that people agree and believe in.

I think more than ever I believe in the idea that the will of the masses is correct, that voters aren't dumb, and if you give everyone the ability to vote, they will make the correct choice that best represents their needs.