Structural failure is defined as the loss of the load-carrying capacity of a component or member within a structure or of the structure itself. Structural failure is initiated when the materials in a structure are stressed beyond their tolerance limit, thus causing fracture or excessive deformations that lead to failure. Organizations are very similar to actual mechanical structures because they too must have a foundation that will tolerate the structure that is created.
Albertans have witnessed successive governments that have failed under the excessive load of poor policies and misguided legislation, that have originated from political party structures that neglect the tolerance of what the foundation will accept. The failings are many and well documented. Health care, education, infrastructure, and the overall finances of Alberta, have been in chaos for the better part of the last decade.
Those failures are something that every party leader in Alberta has in common. They all acknowledge the problem; where they differ is who is they choose to blame for those failures. While the endless finger-pointing continues, progress is impossible and Albertans are no closer to any form of a solution.
The undemocratic way in which majority government’s wield power, has virtually eliminated the checks and balances that most people expect from a democratic process. As a member of the official opposition for the last seven years, time and again it has become clear that when a government policy is tabled, it will inevitably get passed despite any opposition or reasoning. Its passage is assured due to the fact that there is literally no mechanism in place to impede the progress of a determined majority government.
Albertans have witnessed the power of a majority government and their ability to compromise the compatibility of the structure and the foundation. For example, people from across the province protested in large, boisterous numbers against Bill 6 – Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, as well as Bill 20 – the Climate Leadership Implementation Act (A.K.A. the Carbon Tax), which seemed to fall on deaf ears.
Time and again, the NDP MLAs in the house, ignored the voices of their own constituents in favor of the wishes of their beloved party. The structural (party) failure in the Alberta Legislature has neglected the limits of what the foundation can or will tolerate. Policies that have caused protest and outrage with the average Albertan, have become all too frequent.
The foundation of democracy is constructed from the will of the people. The democratic rights of all Albertans can only be returned if they can become unshackled from party politics that demands compliance and submission. Political parties often make the claim they are internally democratic but yet compel their members to willingly and knowingly vote in a manner that goes against the wishes of the people they represent.
The consequences of elected party members that remove the shackles, is well documented throughout Canada. Most recently, we’ve seen former Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson Raybould, defy the wishes of her party. We’ve also seen her expulsion from the Liberal party of Canada, along with her fellow Minister and supporter, Jane Philpott, for shedding the party shackles of silence.
The structure is failing in party politics because the shackles are designed to remove the democratic rights of the foundation, and the foundation is no longer willing or able to accept it. Representatives that aren’t shackled by the structure of a political party (an independent), that exceeds the tolerance of the foundation, have an opportunity to bring those, they represent closer to the decision-making, in other words, a more direct form of democracy.