An excellent article from Thomas Axworthy, the chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University in the Toronto Star.  It really talks about democracy, and how we need to really be open to more view points and accepting of new politcal parties.  There’s a really good quote which talks about how winning the election has become the major (and sometimes only) goal.

In a democracy, the first responsibility of a party is not to win at all costs, but to respond honestly to the issues of the day and the needs and wants of self-governing citizens. The first responsibility of parties is to make the system itself work.

Parties are conveyor belts that transmit the varying values of millions of citizens and peacefully organize this process to achieve an outcome and create a government. But today’s political players are so consumed with the game that they have forgotten what the game is all about.

The entire article can be found here

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