Monday, February 23, 2009

Democracy can't be trusted to politicians - Calgary Herald

Democracy can't be trusted to politicians:

Lorne Gibson's ouster as chief electoral officer shows how a few dozen elected people hold all the power over running elections in Alberta.

Both logically and intuitively, this is wrong. Politicians should not set standards and judge performance for the vote that can end or advance their own careers.

Nobody else gets to do this. Judges don't control their own appointments. Police officers bow to civilian oversight. Top military officers and commanders are installed by the government.

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