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We Must Go Further To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

After being shamed into action by media report and letter writing campaigns, the Ontario Liberals have finally introduced an election financing reform bill. Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough. The changes move the dial in the right direction -- by banning corporate and union donations, for example. But privileged hands can still find their way into the cookie jar. Quebec may have the solution to this problem.
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What Politicians Should Focus on During Electionmania

It is a good time to be a political junkie. I'm a dual (US/Canadian) citizen and the next three years will feature almost constant elections. The year 2014 will bring local elections here in Oshawa, Ontario as well as Congressional elections in the US. It is not likely that much will change in terms of personnel, incumbents tend to win and that rule is pretty universal. Elections though do provide an opportunity to raise issues and there is a long list of issues that require attention. Here are the most important issues I'd like to see addressed.

The Home Builder Video Controversy Reminds Us of Democratic Values

There is nothing wrong with encouraging your fellow citizens to be involved in the political process by supporting candidates, voting, making donations, or even by trying to persuade them to vote for candidates more in line with your (and, hopefully, their) interests. All of these behaviours are part of a healthy democracy. Given the low voter turnout in many elections, more rather than less such engagement is required.
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Tories Profit From Banning Loans

The Conservatives’ plan to limit and cap political loans received praise from the NDP Wednesday. Although the bill benefits the Tories for now, it spares New Democrat leadership candidates from stiffe...
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Democracy For Sale

The per-vote subsidy guarantees that, at the very least, when you vote for a party, they would get some support for later campaigning, even if they didn't win the seat. It's the only proportional part of our voting system and it means you could not say your vote didn't count.