Over the years, political parties of all types have created an unbalanced system that has become disrespectful, discriminatory and dysfunctional.
This has caused more and more people to tune out and not participate in a vote. This is not democracy! A democracy is hard work that requires at least 90% of the people voting. This is best achieved by referendum.
Special interest groups, investment bankers and foreign nationals love the party system because it is a lot easier to corrupt as it costs much less to lobby a few key members of a political party than sway the vote of millions of people to their cause/agenda.
What do you think the results would have been if any of the ruling parties had held a referendum for any of their agenda.
Do you think the Alberta NDP would have been able to legislate gay clubs in our schools?
Do you think that the federal liberals would been able to pass a carbon tax and other legislation that cripples the energy sector?
Do you think that law abiding citizens would allow the federal liberals anti-gun laws to ever exist?
Do you think that the people would accept a double standard like the current helmet laws that exempt one segment of the people from compliance.
Do you think that freedom loving people would really allow our governments to do business with despots and dictators that do not respect our laws and society?
This is why the referendum period is such a CRITICAL component of the AAIM Option Plan and with the laws for election reform in place the next step in the AAIM Option plan will be to determine what reforms the people of Alberta want.
The goal of this phase will be to reform (reboot) all aspects of the current government to ensure the wishes of the people are being honored.
The questions these referendums will ask will determine the responsibilities and priorities of the people, the CG and the bureaucracy for the next twenty-five to fifty years.
Each referendum will ask the people to make a choice. The question will be asked and a period for discussion and debate will follow.
Each referendum vote should be held on a Sunday, three months after the announcement date of the referendum question.
Referendum questions must be easy to understand and easy to respond to. To best ensure that the voter can participate, each referendum will;
• Provide translation services to all persons not fluent in understanding English.
• Have the referendum questions available in the first language of the voter.
• Ask a simple and clearly understood question.
• Each question will provide one of three types of responses;
1. Select: Yes, No, Abstain.
2. Select: One choice from a list of options or Abstain.
3. Select: Multiple choices from a list of options or Abstain.
DISCUSSION & DEBATE:
The intent of the discussion & debate period is to educate the people on;
1. The topic of the referendum,
2. Why the topic is being discussed and voted on,
3. The pros and cons of selecting any specific answer,
4. What the result of a majority vote may be,
5. The history, the truth, based on facts, no matter how painful or unpopular it may be to hear,
Doing so will better prepare the people so that a rational choice can be made by each.
DISCUSSION & DEBATE RULES:
Some rules will be needed to best ensure that an honest conversation occurs. A discussion that is free of political correctness, selective censorship, false information, extremist views, fear mongering or the single sided views of a special interest group that shut out, ridicule or censor opposing opinion. To accomplish this daunting goal the discussion & debate period will follow the proposed rules.
The points of concern that the rules should address are;
1. Statistics: Statistic’s presented during the discussions should only allowed if the information has been collected from a census, an election or from historical data.
2. Fact Confirmation: The information presented during a discussion, debate, editorial or in a news story will have to be checked to confirm the facts are correct. If the facts cannot be confirmed by at least three sources then the information cannot be presented in any way.
3. Monitoring: The Election Bureau will be tasked with monitoring the public discussion and to work with the media on any allegation of false information or an attempt to otherwise mislead the people.
4. Public Events: Protests, rallies, parades and public gatherings must be held in a peaceful manner in accordance with the laws of the local municipality.
5. Advertising: It is about education, not entertainment. Therefore, no advertising will be allowed during a news or information presentation or during a debate or rally. This will apply to all forms of communication intended for public consumption.
Alberta Public Communications Cooperative:
The age of social media has eroded the trust of the people and for many of the users, social media has become nothing more than another tabloid.
Who can we trust anymore?
How can we be sure that the referendums will be based on truth and established facts?
The AAIM Option plan calls for the creation of an independent agency to oversee the news and information media. The Alberta Public Communications Cooperative (APCC) will be advertising free and independent to best ensure that there will be no interference or influence of the government or entertainment media.
The new agency will be staffed by stakeholders to ensure that the rights enshrined in a new bill of rights are forefront at all times.
The participation and cooperation of the media will be critical to the discussion & debate period, therefore, it is important that the media can continue to act as an independent body free from influence of the organizations mentioned herein.
The APCC will act as the regulating body of the news media industry with a mandate to;
1. Determine the limits to the freedoms the people allow the media.
2. Co-ordinate the news and information media.
3. Restore confidence of the people to believe that what we are told is true and without bias or unauthorized influence.
4. Police the news media industry. Ferret out the liars and fanatics and ensure the integrity of the media is enhanced.
5. Accept responsibly for ensuring that any point being discussed publicly includes experts and persons of interest that represent each side of the topic being discussed.
6. Maintain a list of registered media organizations
7. Ensure that each media organization meets the standards of trust as established by the APCC.
Should the people choose to separate from Canada, the APCC would be expanded and given a new mandate to take on the responsibilities of the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
All operators of the news media industry will be required to purchase a bond which will be revoked if the operator is found to be in violation of the law.
Funds raised by the bond will be matched by the CG so that;
1. The APCC: Funding by the industry will provide the APCC revenues for costs associated with operations. Alberta Corp. will establish a trust that is funded equally by the news media industry and the taxpayer. Monies from the fund will be distributed to operators based upon rates established by the committee staff members of the CG.
2. Community Associations: The CG will ensure that funds are available for smaller communities to cover the costs of holding town hall discussions, debates and information sessions. These funds will cover operational costs such as facility rental, power, wages, etc.
3. Security: Free speech can be hard on the weak, narrow or closed minded among us. It is for this reason that funding be provided by the CG to offset the cost of increased security measures so that communities can hold a peaceful discussion, debate, rally, etc.
The majority response to a referendum question will become the official directive of the people. EVERYONE, to include government elected and non elected persons, private business, individuals, charities, collages and universities would then be obligated to ensure that all that can be done, will be done to support the peoples wishes.
If the majority abstains from selecting an option the CG would need to determine if the referendum will have to be repeated or dropped. If dropped the CG would take control of all decisions on the topic.
ORDER OF REFORM REFERENDUMS:
To best determine the results of the proposed referendums it is important that the questions be asked in a logical progression.
Ultimately the order or referendums will be determined by the people's response to the first question of the reform phase.
The AAIM Option plan order of referendums is;
If the result is YES, the order of the referendum phase would be;
1. RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES.
4 HEALTH CARE.
7. TAX REFORM.
If the result is NO, the order of the referendum phase would be;
1. RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES.
2. HEALTH CARE.
3. EDUCATION REFORM.
6. TAX REFORM.