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15 June 2020

As our nation pulls itself out of the pandemic, it is time to make a fresh start on several things about Canada

LONDON, ONTARIO - With recent racial protests around the world and in Canada, and with the COVID-19 pandemic hopefully in its final weeks, Canadians head back to work and resume their normal lives thinking that we and our governments need to do better.  For one, we need to treat all citizens equally - regardless of age, race, language, religion, or sexual orientation.  We also need to do a better job preparing for emergencies - pandemics, floods, public protests, power outages, and so on.

More Canadians need to pay more attention each week as to what is happening in their communities, counties, provinces and across our nation.  Only then can they contribute in some useful way - through voluntarism, monetary donations, or through informed public debate.  Canadians also need to pay more attention to their own health and physical and mental fitness, and to being ready when emergencies threaten their peaceful and pleasant lives.

Local governments must do a better job at emergency preparednessProvincial governments need to better train and co-ordinate local governments for such occurrences.  The federal government needs to spend less time trying to win votes and more time delivering well-thought out government services and programmes, not just in emergencies but at all times. We've seen past federal governments scramble to piece together useful military forces to send overseas in emergencies, and to respond with forethought during our latest pandemic, which they did not.  

Government at all levels needs to better define and agree on what each level does.  There should be no overlap. Our Canadian Constitution does state which level - federal or provincial - does what responsibility as they existed in 1867. Any new responsibility that was not in existence in 1867 becomes a federal responsibility.  So things like health, education, agriculture and highways are provincial duties.  Defence, foreign affairs, immigration and trade are federal ones.  TV/radio/internet are federal responsibilities, being created more recently.  Local governments handle things close to home, such as planning, streets, sewage, streetlights, transit, cemeteries, garbage and recycling, and so on.  

Better democratic representation will come from voter awareness of Who Does What. There should be no overlap - people should all know who to ask and who to blame.

Finally, Canada needs to look at itself and its various parts, bits and pieces that make up our 'Great White North'.  Canadians need to ask themselves why our elected representatives regularly disappoint us.  And they will come to the conclusion that the reason is Political Parties. The solution is to get rid of all political parties and replace them with a party-less political system, a Consensus system, composed of only Independent elected MPs,  faithfully representing the majority opinion in their ridings, issue by issue. Only in this way will we ever solve problems we are facing and have Good Government.

Consensus Government = Party-less Politics!

Brad Harness

Executive Director


22 April 2020

Financial hangover will plague governments after

LONDON, ONTARIO - COVID-19 has been the biggest economic kick below the belt for Canada since the Great Depression of 1929. Now let’s also recall that the Second World War sent Canadians into a bit of a tailspin with labour shortages, money shortages, rationing, and debt. Coming out of that war the economy roared forward, and coupled with the Baby Boom where returning soldiers started families, Canada’s economy did not stand still until the 1970s when Pierre Trudeau and the Liberals began mishandling the country’s finances.

    The Parliamentary Budget Officer this month has said that the total federal spending related to Covid-19 and the pre-existing 2020 budgetary deficit will together total overspending by the Trudeau Liberal government of more than $182-billion this year.(THIS WAS BEFORE TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF $8-BILLION FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS)

    While some spending was to be expected it is arguable how much was needed. More significantly, how long will it now take to pay off this Covid-19 extra spending of some $160-billion? 

    I think that having that as a target is appropriate. Simply heaping all of that extra spending on to the country’s already huge debt mountain of $715-billion does not seem sensible. Rather, consider it needed but temporary spending, to be paid off as quickly as possible. That means, say, over the next five years. In order to do that the GST will need to rise from 5% to 10%. I know we all hate sales taxes, but we have to pay the piper at some point, right?

    Provincially, that same argument holds water, too. Ontario introduced a $17-billion package on 25 March to support the province through the COVID-19 outbreak, including an influx of cash for the health sector, direct payments to parents, and tax breaks for businesses. The plan included both $10-billion in tax and other deferrals and $7-billion in new spending. The move will contribute to a major hit to Ontario’s bottom line, pushing the province’s annual deficit from $9-billion to a projected $20.5 -billion for 2020-21 — a McGuinty level not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 recession. If we are to take the same five-year strategy to pay off this additional provincial debt of $17-billion, it would mean increasing the PST from 8% to 10%.

    Such a combined federal-provincial debt strategy would see the HST then rise from 13% to 20% for the next five years.  After that we would be in the same, unpleasant, pre-Covid-19 debt situation we were originally looking at. Ontario’s pre-Covid debt stood at $355-billion, by the way...Ouch!!

      Consensus Government: Clean. Simple. Our future!

Brad Harness

Executive Director


29 November 2019

Calls for Scheer to step down underline the futility of our partisan political system

      It never takes a political party long before the knives come out for the party leader who came in second.  Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer fell short in terms of seats won by his party, despite his party winning the most votes and despite being the only party to gain substantially in its number of MPs elected in the 2019 federal election.

      The general conclusion is that Scheer missed a golden opportunity due to his campaign team's chosen strategy and his own personal shortcomings.

      But think about this: Consensus Government eliminates any discussion about which party leader would make a better prime minster.  It removes the illusion that as voters we are "electing" a prime minister...because we are not, and never have been doing that.  We are, in fact, electing our own riding's representative in the House of Commons, our champion, our envoy as it were, carrying our local priorities and needs and wants to the halls of power in Ottawa.

      Under a party system, I certainly am NOT voting for a "leader" when I cast my ballot for our Member of Parliament. The last thing I want my MP to be is a leader: I want her or him at all times to be follow our instructions, to be our riding's faithful representative.

      The beauty of Consensus Government is that it makes all MPs equal, unshackles them from both parties and party leaders, and allows them to do the job the taxpayers are paying them for, and what we elected them for: To represent their riding's interests...not their own personal interests or beliefs, not any party's platform or policies, and certainly not any party leader's interests. The ONLY loyalty every MP should hold is to the riding that elected them.

      Were Canada operating under the Consensus Government system now, all MPs would be Independent.  There would be no parties, and no party leaders, and no need to question where Andrew Scheer should resign...he would simply be one MP among 338.

      A Consensus Government's Cabinet would be composed of ministers and a prime minister selected by all 338 MPs.  If one minister or the PM screwed up and lost the confidence of his/her colleagues, the House of Commons would simply replace him or her with another person willing to take on the job, someone they believed would do a better job. 

      Consensus Government: Clean. Simple. Our future!

Brad Harness

Executive Director


Our Mission

Consensus Canada was launched in June 2018 by the board of directors of Consensus Ontario.  The provincial party has the same aim as the federal one does: To replace partisan politics with only Independent representatives.  Federal MPs would operate in a Consensus Government model.  This system has long been in use in Canada in the territorial assemblies and works very well.  Consensus Ontario ran in this year's provincial election and placed 9th out of 28 parties with only 5 weeks campaigning after registering as a party.  Voters were very interested in this new political proposal and the party is now expanding its organizing effort around the province.   

Under Consensus Government in Ottawa, MPs would have the simple task of always representing the majority view in their riding on each issue.  See How Consensus Government Would Work page for a fuller explanation of how this would operate in the House of Commons & Senate.

This website is under development currently and will be expanded over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back for what's new.  If you love this idea already and want to become a member, get in touch by email [email protected] or by telephone 519-245-6116.

Better Representation Can Be Achieved!

TORONTO - The National Priorities List created through an annual riding by riding survey each year is an important tool for Consensus Canada. It is what determines where party and candidate/MP’s efforts must be focused. The Riding Priority List is what determines how a Consensus Canada MP will vote on each issue - truly representing the majority view in their riding.

As it is an annual survey, it is fully expected that the priorities of Canadian voters may - and likely will - change over time. That is why it is done each year, to ensure we are plugged into what is important to Canadians. Parties that are out of step with voters can expect to be judged harshly at election time...and rightly so!

Government exists to do those things with voters cannot efficiently and economically do for themselves. That does not mean doing everything for voters, but rather, just certain specific things where government could do it better and more cost-effectively. Hence, the survey work to identify those priorities people want their provincial government to be involved with.

Once those priorities are identified, then it is time to create the policies which Consensus Canada believes are the best way to implement each priority and make it a reality for voters. Party riding delegates form working groups for the party that are tasked with developing detailed policy for each priority identified by you, the voter.

Powerpoint Presentation: Consensus Government and why we need it now!

Party Logo

Consensus Canada owes its creation to our northern territories.  In the North, Muskox act by consensus - bums in towards the centre of the defensive circle - to look out for one another. We felt that a fitting icon for our new political party. The party colour is CYAN, not in use by any other federal party, and the colour adopted by Consensus Ontario. The red circle with a white maple leaf show the country's two main colours from our national flag. 

The white maple leaf in the centre indicates that we are the Great White North.

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What our voters are saying:

Right from the start, when Consensus Canada explained what it was trying to do and why...I said, This is for Me! Count me in!!

Hillary Smith

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