We are 100% a weak democracy. And I'm not sure that one could point at free and fair elections as the salient feature to buttress a claim that Canada is a democracy, I mean sure a free and fair election is absolutely a critical component to a democracy. But there seems to be something that I see being consistently left out of the conversation surrounding democracy. An engaged and politically informed citizenry.
The last time that half of the population even voted was in 1993. That's the highest that we have set the bar in 27 years. The bar is on the floor. Sure the constitution allows us the right to speak free, but were not fully using that right are we? We seem to forget that troubleshooting any circumstance is at least a 3 phase process. Phase 1: identify the issue (we are great at this part no doubt, complaining is our forte) Phase 2: Collaborate on solutions/Brain storm (were meh on the visionary stage, we prefer to yell and divide becoming further entrenched along the way) Phase 3: Action (Plain and simple think first then proceed).
Now the reason we are great at phase one is because its oh so easy. Phase two requires real work, working through difference's and maligned agendas. But phase 3 is of the utmost importance and no voting does not count as action that's just a prerequisite like breathing.
See self governance means that we as citizens have to play an active role and it is your/my responsibility to uphold freedom, it requires vigilance and it requires a real response like for example running for office (any citizen is entitled to do so).
The death of democracy is apathy and the seeds of tyranny are sown by the other cheek.