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The decision to abandon their electoral reform pledge was reached after a two-hour discussion in January.
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The Liberal minister says a referendum isn't the best way to engage in a discussion.
Minister Maryam Monsef joined a digital town hall hosted by The Huffington Post Canada.
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Click here to watch the full town hall. The 2015 federal election saw the biggest voter turnout in this country in more than two decades. But it's hard to tell if Canadians truly got the government th...
"Sunny ways." The term crystallized Justin Trudeau's victory in 2015. His campaign was well run, and Trudeau successfully siphoned support from the right- and left-wing parties in Canada, ushering in what was supposed to be a new way of doing politics. But Trudeau has stumbled.
Nathan Cullen suggests Liberals don't want to know what voters really want.
Conservative MPs question if Grit supporters wanted electoral reform.
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“I don’t think the support of all the other parties is sufficient when it comes to this,” said Scott Reid.
Prime Minister Trudeau's preferred method of elections, a ranked ballot system where you would indicate your first and second preferences down to last preference that would effectively put the Conservative Party of Canada on the path to irrelevance, is of concern.
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Parliament Hill has been through a week of deep thought and anguish.
Nathan Cullen says Canadians are wary of voting systems with which they are unfamiliar.
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A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not. What the committee decides will reveal a lot about the state of democracy in Canada.
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Now more than ever we need to acknowledge that an election choice is more subtle than any winner-take-all contest can ever capture. Voters are forced to choose the lesser of all evils and vote strategically about who they want as well as keep in mind who they are afraid might win. Why not let the voters rank the evils directly and stop worrying? It would be more honest. Government and democracy are about more than just finding efficiencies, lowering taxes or even getting people moving. Informed and responsible citizens of a democracy need to work to make the system better.
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The problem, according to Jablonski, is that donor countries often "lack information about who is most deserving of aid funds" and so delegate that responsibility to recipient governments, who then take advantage of the windfall by delivering those funds to voters most likely to keep them in office.
The years since the Arusha Accords ended the slaughter have been trying, as Rwanda made a difficult transition to democracy. Paul Kagame was elected president in the country's first-ever democratically contested multi-party elections in August 2003. Kagame was re-elected in a landslide in 2010. He is such an effective leader because he hasn't lost touch with his people.
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On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
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We face two critical challenges in Canadian national politics today. First, how do we restore genuine democracy and persuade the 40 per cent of Canadians who sat out the vote in 2011 to vote again? The second challenge relates to the first: How do we convince those same Canadians to vote for the strong, active federal government we need to build a productive, innovative economy that fairly benefits all Canadians?
A motion to be introduced by Tory backbench MP Michael Chong proposes giving the inner elite of Canada's political parties the power to overturn the public's clearly expressed preference for who should be PM. Under the terms of his redundantly-named Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act, if, at any moment, just over 50 per cent of the MPs of the prime minister's party vote to turf a democratically-elected PM, out he goes. Though the bill wouldn't take effect until after the next federal election, 50 per cent-plus-one of all current Conservative MPs is just 81 people.
Constitutional reform is entirely legitimate in the life of a vibrant democracy. The Canadian Senate either needs serious reform or it should be abolished, and this requires changes to our Constitution. In refusing to engage the people in constitutional reform, our leaders forget that the Constitution belongs to the people of Canada, not to the federal and provincial governments.
What is at the root of the tawdry Senate scandal that is sucking the oxygen out of what is left of Parliament? The root cause is the extraordinary concentration of power in the executive branch of the Government of Canada, namely, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
And now, like the nation of bored teenage babysitters we are, it's time to check in on the Liberal leadership race -- if only to make sure no one's swallowed the scissors. At the National Post, Andrew Coyne also thinks there's much Liberal hay to be made with an aggressively pro-democratic agenda. But in his world, this involves championing the mummified issue that no one ever gets tired of hearing about -- electoral reform.
How should Canadians celebrate Democracy Day? Obviously, relative to the rest of the world we don't have much cause to complain. And yet, we could do so much better.