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Dead Democracy in Canada


James Bredin

Democracy does not come with free elections,
If the delegate being elected has no protection,
From his boss within the party who needs his vote,
And you, constituent, are long forgotten and remote.

Democracy does not count if you can’t vote for the boss,
Who’s picked by others and you’re considered no loss,
He appoints judges and senators with no thought of you,
And no questions or answers you could and should be due.

Because democracy and justice are remote and dim,
When these judges read a Charter and decide on a whim,
Of political correctness or what’s in fashion,
-- No case law or common law and now no passion.

Democracy is an illusion if you won’t vote,
Because you feel Ottawa is so distant and remote,
And you’re part of a system that cannot be changed,
And nothing, absolutely nothing can be rearranged.

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