MONTREAL, Canada, 15 September 2020
I’m not sure how to articulate this in a nice way, but I guess there is no perfect way to express it without offending some people. Anyway, now that we’re in the midst of Sikyong election campaign, remember our MPs (Members of Parliament) election will take place at the same time.
Over the recent days I’ve been voicing my concern on social media about the public’s growing fatigue over seeing the same old faces of MPs year after year. And I’m not trying to take away anything from them, nor am I personally bothered by anyone, except I just feel something is not right.
Mind you, I’m fully aware that all the repeat members were democratically elected, and I’m not questioning its legitimacy at all. I’m simply hoping that all the veteran MPs (Chitues) out there would call it a day at some point and voluntarily withdraw their candidacy or give up their seats if elected, perhaps using the burning phrase in exile “བཟང་སྤྱོད་ངང་ནས་“; thus paving the way for the younger generation to dip their toes in the water.
Currently if you look at the Chitues’ roster, there are plenty of members who have been there since time immemorial. Sometimes I lightly tell my friends that some of the Chitues might as well carve their names permanently behind their Parliament seats.
In all seriousness, I’m afraid to say that when you do the same thing over and over again for many years, you’re bound to reach a saturation point and become complacent rather than innovative. And I’m not blaming anybody here, this is just natural and a common phenomenon of human behaviour.
Let me give you another mundane analogy to drum my arguments further. If a person prepares the same dish everyday, after a while he’ll run out of ideas to make it any different. Instead if you introduce a new chef to take his place, there is a much higher chance of seeing a different result. Similarly replacing the old MPs with rookies and amateurs can definitely bring a different air and dynamic to the Parliament, which is much needed in my opinion.
And to top it off, it’ll provide a great platform and opportunity for some aspiring future leaders to bring fresh perspectives, gain some public speaking experience, and understand the optics of our exile politics. So please make an effort to convince your friends and families around you to vote for some novice candidates in the upcoming election, just for a change if nothing else.
I assure you they’ll all be fine and evolve perfectly, just like the present members have. So let’s strive for breakouts, not consolidations.
About the author
Tashi Wangyal is a self-employed entrepreneur and an independent writer based in Montreal, Canada.