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This is a great idea.
In a similar vein, I often mused about forming a secular federal political party. Since the Nones are the largest religious sector in our country, this would be a way to exert some political muscle.
Running candidates take a lot of fund raising so an alternative would be to not run any secular party candidates. Instead the secular party would select whatever candidate in their particular district was the most “seeming to be” secular and then support him or her.
This would be a step towards electoral reform in that the federal party who eventually won would owe a great deal to the Secular Party of Canada. Who needs Justin to enable a significant level of actual reform?
> This would be a step towards electoral reform in that the federal party who eventually won would owe a great deal to the Secular Party of Canada. Who needs Justin to enable a significant level of actual reform?
We do, unfortunately.
The math just doesn’t work out on your “secular party” plan. First, the Nones are not the largest religious group, by quite a bit. Second, the Nones are not at all unified – some estimates put the number of *actual* nonreligious Nones in Canada (as opposed to the “spiritual but not religious” Nones) at only around 10-15% of the Nones. In other words, only around 2-4% of the population. That’s not really going to impress any politician, especially when that 2-4% is watered down by being spread all over Canada.
Don’t believe me? Well the high end of that percentage estimate is just about what the Green party got in the popular vote last election. How’d that work out for them? Ah, less than 0.3% of the seats. Literally 1 seat.
On the other hand, if we had proportional representation, that 2-4% could translate into 7-14 seats. Not a majority by any stretch, but certainly enough to get noticed.
So long as our current electoral system stays in place, because nonbelievers are spread out across the country, we are not going to have any measurable impact on government. It’s just not going to happen.
We *need* electoral reform, and we need it badly. We have to get ready to fight on this. Now may be our best shot for at least a decade to come, or more.
“Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that one in four Canadians, or 7.8 million people, reported they had no religious affiliation at all.” Huffington Post.
Well, it looks like there is a lot of work ahead of us.
Another interesting idea about the “no candidates” idea would be that it could expand to become international, just like the churches.
Justin isn’t going to be helpful. I think the Pope has warned him.
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