Many Canadians seem to have been inoculated with low doses of autocracy, until they have become tolerant to mild dictatorships, from Trudeau to Mulroney, Chretien and Martin federally, to Peterson, Rae, Harris and McGuinty provincially.
Federally the Prime Minister appoints over 5,000 people, including the Governor General, Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Heads of Agencies Boards and Commissions, and Supreme Court judges.
The Premier of Ontario "only" appoints over 3,500.
Fortunately this country has a large share of immigrants coming from countries with "strong governments" who are very suspicious of these "one man autocracies".
The Germans, the Italians and the Japanese experienced, at their expenses, dictatorships that led to the second world war. All of them now use a form of Proportional Representation, accepting "weaker" governments as an insurance against dictatorship. These governments may be prone to more frequent government shuffles, but their electoral systems deter one man autocracies.
Almost all western democracies have learnt the lesson and have switched to a more proportional system of government.
Of all the reasons to change our system to MMP, this is probably the most instinctive and compelling.
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