Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Cadman and polls

The line that is being used constantly is that "people don't want an election." Thus, we should not have an election.

This is especially true in Chuck Cadman's riding. A recent poll in his riding said about 53 percent do not want an immediate election.

But since when do people want an election campaign? If you would have asked people during the BC provincial election whether or not they wanted an election, I am sure many of them would have said no, they did not. So was it wrong of the Liberals to call an election? I do not think so. I think it was responsible of them. They owe it to us to make that decision, and not wait for us to force it upon politicians.

In all fairness, being an MP does not mean being a blind poll watcher and decision maker. That is why people belong to parties in the first place. An MP is a fudiciary position - it is one of trust. People are not the leaders; the MP is. The MP needs to inform the constituency and not vice versa. MP's are held accountable by their leading actions during elections. But in between elections, I think they should have a lot more free reign then our press-dominated poll-driven politicians have been. The "will of the people" is more or less at the polling stations -- not by surveying public opinion polls.

The MP is more informed than these surveys.

Being driven by polls is very pragmatic. Great leadership leads the people, not follows them. Lead people where they are unwilling to go and they will punish you for it. But if you follow the will of the people, sometimes it can be like a dog chasing its own tail: the people are expecting the MP to inform them, while at the same time the MP is expecting the people to inform him/her.

To the Independent MPs - please lead.

1 comment:

karino said...

Yeah Jonathan I totally agree... nobody WANTS an election! It made me so mad when the media was painting Harper badly for being so determined to go to election, when apparently the public doesn't want one... It makes Harper sound so undemocratic - going against 'the will of the people' and all.

The thing is they were asking the wrong question. There's got to be some sort of rule in public opinion polling that says you shouldn't ask leading questions. Asking the public "Do you want an election?" is not a an objective question... it's so loaded. And come on, anyone could have predicted that the majority of those polled would say no. I think it makes polling useless if you're not asking an appropriate quesiton.