We elect over 300 MPs to govern Canada and we expect them to govern. In the current political diversity of Canada, with more parties, and less chance of achieving majorities, we are facing a serious crisis of eroding effectiveness in this culture of power politics. No longer does thirtysome percent of the vote get you 100% of the power. This means either expensive elections every year or a foundational change in our parliamentary culture, and a serious attempt at electoral reform, to meet the challenges of the future. The culture has to evolve from its power obsession to a cooperative culture of coalitions, alliances or partnerships in areas of common interest. The country and the people have to come before self-interest and power. This means electing people with skills in statesmanship, compromise and diplomacy over autocratic and arrogant posturing. This means its time for a big change in who we send to parliament. Its time we assessed our candidates more by their values than their rhetoric. It’s time for electoral reform.