The advantages of having pressure groups, are that different groups of people who have the same thoughts of changes can hire people to fight for the change that they want. The disadvantages of pressure groups are that it may not benefit the public, and not everyone will agree on the cause. One of the examples was the awareness day for golf, and that only benefited the golfers in B.C, although they had stats for money and how much B.C could make, it doesn’t help everyone and not everyone wants that change.
Petitions in my opinion is the best way to get change, because it is a public vote, and you need a certain number of votes to get the government to actually look at the change. I think that is fair, because everyone gets to vote their opinion and you don’t have to share what you agree or disagree with. I don’t really think there are downsides to petitions, because it’s fair, equal and the government will consider the change if it is reasonable. In class, we talked about HST, and how it got changed back to GST and PST. I think that if there was a lobbyist fighting for why HST should be gone it still would be here today.
Civil disobedience is a different way to approach things, it’s where you protest for what you want to change, it can be an individual protest or a group/mob of people standing outside fighting for the change. In class we did Viola Desmond, she was an African lady who wanted to watch a movie on the bottom row, but the people there said her type of people are on the balcony which was supposedly was a “tradition”. An advantage of this is that the government or whoever can see how many local people actually want the change, because they’re actually using their time to protest. A disadvantage is that there could be consequences, with the law or you could get in trouble for protesting. You also would be wasting time standing outside if no one acknowledges the change you’re driving for.