I noticed this at Bob Mackin’s website and my thoughts match his. So, it is easier to steal Bob’s words than crank out ones of my own that couldn’t be better:
On April 28, Sean Holman screens his new documentary “Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline” at 7 p.m. in the Vancouver Public Library’s Alice MacKay Room. Suggested donation is $5.
I saw the premiere at the University of B.C. on April 26 and it is a shocking look at how B.C. is governed. It is a must-see that will cause you to question the state of our democracy (or lack thereof).
It was great to see Holman back in B.C., rousing the rabble like he does so well. This province’s loss is Alberta’s gain. The former Public Eye Online proprietor is an assistant professor of journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary.
Bob also has details of DOA’s Joe Keithley performing a solo acoustic gig tonight for NDP supporters and again May 3. Check Bob’s website for details, using the link above.
I was also at the UBC screening Thursday. Even though I’ve been a political observer in this province for a very long time, Sean’s video described defects in our parliamentary system worse than imagined. It is astounding that a man now employed in Calgary is the one to say what needs to be said while the dinosaurs of the Legislative Press Gallery just go along, to get along.
I now understand why the sitting government maintains an extravagant pension plan for backbench MLAs; it is not to attract better candidates, it is to ensure the quiet complicity of loyal enablers. All they have to do is sit quietly, pound their desks at the right moments and vote as instructed by leadership. If they don’t do those things…
Whipped is a program every concerned citizen should see. Nothing much will change in the Legislature until we make fundamental alterations of our voting system. Understanding the faults of governance is vital to beginning any meaningful improvement.
Thank you Sean Holman for completing your work. Now, it is time for citizens to begin ours.