Amid all the problems and pitfalls associated with the Canadian democratic system, at least Canadians can look at what we have, smile, and be thankful that we're not Americans.
The latest blow-up in the American system is the shutdown of the U.S. government's non-essential services. National parks are closed, national museums are shuttered and other services aren't operating.
On the list of plights facing the world, the closure of Yellowstone Park isn't the biggest issue. It's a blow to the tourism sector, and an aggravation for those who were planning to visit the park during an fall vacation, but it pales in comparison with other global problems.
It's that looming default on the American debt limit that has us all a little worried. And if it happens, the impact will be much bigger than a government shutdown.
This has been another illustration of the issues that exist in the U.S. democratic system. The Democrats and the Republicans have a squabble. Legislation needs to pass. The Republicans want to change President Barack Obama's health care system, even though "Obamacare" has been in place for three years.
If each side doesn't get what they want, then the U.S. risks plunging the entire world back into of a global recession.
Isn't it wonderful when the world's most powerful country puts the rest of the world at risk for more economic uncertainty because they decide to put what's good for their parties ahead of what's good for the country and the world?
It's so much easier with a Parliamentary system. When there's a majority government, the government gets to do what they want, within reason, and they can push their agenda through, even if it requires massive omnibus measures to ramrod a budget.
In a minority government setting, if the opposition parties don't like the government's measures, they can topple the government, and trigger a snap election.
And if the public isn't happy with the government's actions, then they can turf them during an election.
It's simple. It's beautiful. To some degree, it works.
Yes, there are challenges. Some people want proportional representation. (Although that might prove to be incredibly difficult in a vast country with a relatively small population like Canada). And we still have the white elephant that is the appointed Senate.
But we don’t have to worry about government shutdowns, debt defaults or the other problems plaguing U.S. democracy right now. We don't have to worry about hostile coups or vast electoral fraud or the militia guarding polling stations
Canadian democracy isn't perfect, but it could be a lot worse.