With an election looming the Fifth Column calls on all federal political parties and party leaders to adopt the following:
Statement of Democratic PrinciplesAs The Fifth Column is a small player in the blogosphere, if any of the larger players want to promote this please feel free to take the ball and run with it.
The Canadian people have the right to elect Members of Parliament of their choosing and the House of Commons of their choice.
The House of Commons elected by the Canadian people has the right to govern.
A government that has the support and confidence of a majority of the Members of the House of Commons is legitimate, and indeed a government requires the confidence of a majority of the Members of the House of Commons to be legitimate.
The letter and spirit of fixed election date legislation must be respected and that an early election should only be held when it is not possible to form a government that has the confidence of a majority of the House of Commons.
And further, that party representation in the House of Commons should reflect the popular vote and that a process should begin immediately following the election to amend the electoral process to ensure that.
Finally, we all pledge to inform the Governor General that we have adopted and support this Declaration of Democratic Principles.