By Leo Valiquette, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Wed, Nov 23, 2005 4:00 PM EST
How low would voter turnout have to be in a federal election for it to be sheer absurdity to declare anyone a winner?
I would say if less than half of the electorate turned out to cast a ballot. The problem is, even if the majority of Canadians abstained from voting, the results of the election would still be valid.
It's a shame really, for I think a minimum voter turnout in a federal election would provide Canadians with an unprecedented avenue through which to express their discontent. If too few votes are cast, the election is null and void. The previous government remains dissolved and no party can form a new one until another round at the polling stations yields that minimum voter turnout.
Call me an anarchist, if you will, but a little anarchy appears to be what we need right now to provoke someone to take definitive action.
Ok you are an anarchist, or at least a Marxist, Grucho Marxist.