Harry Harkimo, a co-founder of the newly established Liike Nyt (Eng. Movement Now), has confirmed he will vote against the social, health care and regional government reform bill, if it is ever submitted to the Parliament.
“I’ve decided to vote against the care reform,” he declared in an interview with YLE on Monday.
“The last drop was a vote by [the members of] Movement Now, where 90 per cent voted for developing the old system and 10 per cent voted for developing the government’s proposal further. I’d say that’s quite the damning result,” he explained.
Harkimo co-founded Movement Now in April after relinquishing his membership in the National Coalition.
One of the ideas behind the market liberal movement is that its members are able to influence the voting behaviour of its representatives by voting on a variety of issues online. Movement Now reveals on its website that over 4,000 people took part in the advisory vote on the social, health care and regional government reform.
The Finnish government has only a narrow majority of 101 to 98 backing its long-discussed reform bill in the Parliament. In addition to Harkimo, Elina Lepomäki (NCP), Susanna Koski (NCP) and Paavo Väyrynen (CP) have expressed their intention to vote against the bill.
Harkimo doubts that the bill will ever be submitted to the Parliament.
“I’m absolutely certain that it’ll collapse in the Parliament. And I’m absolutely certain that there’ll never be a vote on it. Also others will vote against it, and that’s why the government will never submit it to the Parliament,” he stated to YLE.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Vesa Moilanen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi