Thursday, July 25, 2013

FDA Podcasts--Rathgeber Interview

In this FDA podcast interview, Mr. Rathgeber shares his insights on important issues regarding Canadian federal democracy.

Mr. Stephen Garvey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Democratic Advancement, interviews Mr. Brent Rathgeber, independent Member of the Canadian Parliament. On June 5 2013, Mr. Rathgeber resigned from the Conservative Caucus on grounds that the Conservative government had ceased to represent his values on government transparency and accountability. Mr. Rathgeber is a former Alberta MLA, and he was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. In this interview, Mr. Rathgeber discusses the reasons for resignation from the Conservative Caucus. In addition, he discusses the government's script and inline policy with its members, in which Conservative MP's are denied free consciousness on their voting in the Parliament. Mr. Rathgeber believes that the Conservative government is driven by re-election, rather than doing what is better for the Canadian people as a whole. Furthermore, he says that since the 1970's the Canadian Parliament has been eroded of checks and balances on the executive branch of government, so that now the Prime Minister's Office has almost no checks on it between federal elections. The Canadian Parliament has become subservient to the Prime Minister's Office. Mr. Rathgeber thinks it should be the other way around in a healthy and well-functioning democracy. Overall, Mr. Rathgeber shares important insights into the dysfunction of the Canadian Parliament, which are supported fully by the 2013 FDA Electoral Fairness Report on Canada. These insights should raise serious concerns by Canadians. In closing, Mr. Rathgeber shares his views on how to move Canadian democracy forward. For non-mainstream, insightful, and provocative discussion from people working in the field of international politics, listen in or download the FDA podcasts.

2013 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on Canada


FDA Podcasts on Itunes

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