I was told for most of my life that if you don’t vote then don’t complain! That is the basic premise behind democracy, however I believe the opposite is true, if you vote then you do NOT have a voice.
Alberta is having an election on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 and the US is having a big election in November for ‘President’. So I thought it would be great to have some discussions about what this really means.
When ‘constituents’ elect a MLA, MP or President, a fiduciary relationship is established. The constituents were the grantor and the individual elected becomes the agent, which carries fiduciary responsibilities. A trust is established but something more important happens. The ‘constituents’ voluntarily elect him / her to ‘represent’ them. This is, in my opinion, a form of ‘power of attorney’. As such the elected representative now has the ‘constituents’ authority to act on their behalf and as such the ‘constituents’ no longer have the authority to say anything because they passed that authority onto their ‘representative’.
I found a very interesting court ruling from the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In this ruling it implies the ‘supreme authority’ being the people.