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  •  With Canadian relatives, I've had the same thought (5+ / 0-)

    Their parliamentary system allows for a "no confidence" vote which triggers new elections - and there have been times I've envied that.

    However (and this is a big "however") you still need to have viable candidates and parties.  Right now, they don't have much of either and that's resulted in their Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, still being in office since 2006.  Harper is their George W. Bush and may end up being worse than Bush.  Their system doesn't seem to have enough in the way of checks and balances and he's slowly but surely riding roughshod over anyone and everyone who tries to stand up to him.

    So, these days, I don't envy them at all.  Both systems are dependent on factually informed voters and worthy candidates, with "factually informed voters" being the prime factor.  There's a real shortage of those throughout North America.

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:03:48 PM PDT

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    •  A non confidence vote will only work (1+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest

      if the numbers are close i.e. when one party has a huge majority (as does Harper's party) the chances of a non con vote are nil, nil, and nil.

      We (Canadians) are stuck with Harper until his time is up, whenever that is.

      The other parties have had viable candidates for PM but didn't win the last bunch of elections so in that regard I would have to respectfully disagree with you.

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