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Canadian Italians, logic, analysis, and constitutional reform

Canadian Italians, logic, analysis, and constitutional reform

TORONTO – No. So it ends, Italy’s attempt to change its rules of governance – its method of governing. The referendum results were not even close: No – 60 %, Yes – 40%.

No. It does not mean the end of Italy. It does mean the end of a project and possibly at least one political career. Matteo Renzi’s. At least in the short and medium turn. No. He is not a political figure without talent. One cannot sur- vive in the maelstrom of Italian politics without it. He lost, but as one analyst put it, he was not de- feated.

Yes. The side for Constitutional reform received an impressive number of votes – 13,432, 208 to be exact. Impressive but not sufficient to overcome the status quo and those who prefer it to change.

Yes. This marks the end of a Renzi led-PD Party. It was not without its own successes. But, they are lost in the wake of the decisions now facing the Nation following his resignation. Europe, too, must now adapt to a different dynamic coming from Italy.

Yes. The victors in this electoral skirmish have acquired “honors” for their effort, but along with them, responsibilities as well. It is a worn-out statement applied in Italy for hose who would pretend to govern that they need firstly to learn to act as adults. Serious observers are already asking of the NO advocates: what is your plan?

Yes. Any plan must envision an improvement. Not to be too idealistic, but it should aim to leave the country in a better condition than when the plan is put in place. Caeser Augustus used to say: I found Rome in bricks, I left it in marble.

No. The Italian public did not see an obvious improvement in their condition during the Ren- zi administration and probably voted accordingly. Earthquakes this past summer and refugee in- vasions over the last three years (over 400,000) did not help Renzi’s cause.

Yes. Italian politics are com- plex and complicated in the best of times. Renzi’s reform was an attempt to simplify the process. As we said in an earlier article, sometimes that takes courage. Most people felt more comfort- able with what they have – warts and all. But not everyone. Over the last ten years, Italian Millenials, al- most one million of them, have been voting with their feet” by going abroad.

Yes. They know something about taking risks. Italians living abroad who still have the right to vote in Italy (4.3 million) voted 64.7% YES and 35.3% NO. Yes. Canada had its expat contingent. It voted 67.1% in favour of YES and only 32.9% for

No. Only some of the South American Countries had a better turn-out or more definitive response. Both in voter turn out and in decisiveness, Italo-Canadians outperformed their American counterparts by a 10% margin. Maybe, the Canadian climate is more conducive to analysis and engagement and less on gut reaction.

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