Conservative MP David Wilks comments have provided fodder for government opponents, but underlying his concerns about the budget bill, a candid confirmation of the lowly existence most our elected representatives enjoy. In reality, Wilks serves as a depressing testament to just how tortured our Canadian expression of democracy. The exclamation point "kicker", you will ALSO never hear another "off the cuff" word from David Wilks, rest assured.
It's a story of a MP, not privy to anything in his government's budget, given ceremonial face time but having full knowledge "they've made up their minds" already, going through the motions is a kind characterization. Wilks paints a picture of a cabinet, an inner circle, making all decisions then presenting those measures to what amounts to the majority of elected MP's. And, this reality is just the government benches, never mind all the opposition MP's. In other words, Wilks gives frank admission that his role in Ottawa is that of rubber stamp drone, devoid of true impact, sadly useless and obviously not representing ANYONE effectively.
What is particularly depressing is the fatalism Wilks has already adopted, a rookie MP beaten and submissive, there is nothing he can do, admitting himself powerless. "One person is not going to make a difference — one MP, one MP is not going to make a difference" laments Wilks. In fact, one person does make a difference, we see it every single day outside Ottawa. The fact an MP can but his principled objections on the back burner, in the name of math, there is a cold realization that plagues the entire House of Commons. Wilks can very much make a statement, on a number of fronts, should he choose to formally voice concern, in fact that's his job in the idealist sense. Instead, the defeatist attitude reigns supreme and Wilks will support a budget he tells his constituents is flawed. How that reality translates to representative democracy escapes me.
Take Wilks to the logical conclusion. All MP's outside of cabinet in a majority situation should resign immediately, in the name of austerity and practical relevance. If this mass epiphany was to occur absolutely nothing would change in Ottawa, therein lies the true reality of how centralized and authoritarian our system has become. Wilks, by his own admission, is useless and he is clearly not alone, so why perpetuate the farce that is our House of Commons.
Instead of cowering in the face of logistics, Wilks should make a stand, vote against the budget. Yes the budget will pass anyways, yes his one vote is inconsequential, but in the end, should he stand up for his constituents, shed light on a disturbing bill, and in turn give renewed focus to a ailing democracy, THEN he very much could "make a difference". Instead, the end game to this sad commentary, Wilks will not only fail to stand up, he will MUZZLED in the future, and that is present day democracy in Canada, dressed up in its full regalia. No wonder nobody cares.