Canada Elections

Why Don't Young People In B.C. Vote?

Ramesh Ranjan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ramesh Ranjan

Contrary to where you might think I'm going with all this, young people aren't completely in silence. Younger people are more frequent campaigners than older people and are increasingly mobilizing for causes of all varieties.

These Politicians' Random Maps Are Not Transit Plans

Murtaza Haider | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

For a sophisticated city like Toronto, it is embarrassing to see the leading candidates passing random lines drawn on a map for transit plans. These so-called plans lack research, engineering cost and ridership estimates, and transit revenue forecasts. At best, one could call these plans the transit dreams of mayoral hopefuls. However, given the underestimated costs and overestimated benefits of these proposals, it is likely that the politicians' dream would become taxpayers' nightmare.

Can Surrey Learn From A British System Of Local Government?

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Democracy and governance in Surrey is essentially at a crisis. It is not very responsive to the needs of the citizens and the system is becoming less and less accessible for the average citizen. So what is a potential solution.

I Work in Civic Engagement, But I Don't Know How to Vote

Leora Smith | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leora Smith

Now here comes my confession: I don't know how to vote. In any of these elections. It's embarrassing because I really love politics. I talk about it all the time. I mean, I work at Samara, an organization that works to strengthen political participation in Canada. I literally (and I mean literally in the actual literal sense) spend my whole day working on civic engagement. How could this happen to me?

Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

Diane Francis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

If Ukraine calls Putin's bluff, Russia's stability may be shaken and certainly western Europe's indifference will be. Putin's nationalistic narrative has temporarily supplanted the protests in his own country and allowed him to impose repressive measures, but his power is fragile.

The Politics of Monetary Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

When it comes to elections, timing is critical. This year brings a rash of elections in some of the most important emerging markets: Brazil, India, In...

This Is Why Democratic Spirit Is So Low

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The average citizen is confronting a host of enduring problems that require resolution -- unemployment, escalating poverty, lack of support for small and medium-sized businesses, mental health complexities, lack of community infrastructure, the high cost of post-secondary education, to name a few.

Why Widows Are Not a Priority in the Indian Elections

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In this strongly patriarchal culture, married women are seen as belonging to their husbands' families. So with no husband, a wife can lose her status, security, and self; she becomes persona non grata. When a woman in a traditional Hindu family becomes a widow, through no doing of her own, she often falls from grace forever.

The Spring Of Our Discontent

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The epic task is well underway. The first week it happened in Kerala, Haryana, and some of Assam. The second week it happened in Karnataka and parts...

'Fair' Elections Act Changes Don't Go Far Enough

Duff Conacher | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

The federal Conservatives are finally backing off on some of the measures in their proposed so-called "Fair Elections Act" (Bill C-23). Minister for Democratic Reform Poilievre is trying to claim he has listened with an open mind, but this is yet another misleading spin statement from him about the bill. The truth is much more that playing games with democratic voting issues was hurting the Conservatives with their soft supporters, and with swing voters, and they realized they would only recover by compromising.

Fair Elections Act Amendments Miss the Mark

Travis Gordon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Travis Gordon

Tuesday's amendments proposed by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs do remarkably little to change the spirit of the Fair Elections Act. The Act is and continues to be an affront to the democratic rights of Canadians.

Tell Us: Will Fair Elections Act Make It Harder For You To Vote?

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics

HuffPost Canada wants to hear from you about how you vote and your thoughts on the Fair Elections Act's proposed changes. Share your thoughts belo...

Are You Happy With the Way Quebec's Resources Are Being Used?

Amber Rehman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

1,000,000 people in Quebec don't file their taxes every year. If each of those people owe taxes of... I don't know... let's say $624 each (an extremely low estimate given that the average amount of taxes paid by a Quebecer is around $10,000), then I'd say an investment of $600k in "FILE YOUR TAXES" billboards, print and TV ads might have helped us to avoid this huge debt hole.

Watchdog Explains How Fair Elections Act Will Fail Elections Canada

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives have held up Ontario as a model for the proposed crackdown on potential voter fraud in its controversial overhaul of na...

Why a Non-Voter Is Likely To Become a Habitual Non-Voter

David McLaughlin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

A citizen-based view of elections takes the view that voter participation independent of party is an important democratic goal in itself. That our democracy is healthier and stronger if more citizens exercised their right to vote habitually. Only one player in the electoral process has this interest at its core, and that is the independent, non-partisan Chief Electoral Officer.

Preston Manning Criticizes Tories Over Electoral Reform Efforts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Preston Manning, the former Reform Party leader who's become an elder statesman of the Canadian conservative movement, has chided the Harper ...

A Warning From America

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - A participant in the bruising American battle over voting rights warns that Canada is treading on dangerous ground with its proposed elec...

Voters Need Motivation, Not Advance Polls, Experts Say

CBC | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Changes the Conservatives are proposing for the Canada Elections Act aren't the best way to get more people casting ballots — especially young ...

Ford Nation Should Stop Listening To Its Heart

Angelina Chapin | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Angelina Chapin

There's something about Justin Trudeau with his sideways smiles, V-necks and ladies' night that reminds me of smarmy men from my past. That connection is hard to break, even though as a friend recently pointed out, he's probably the politician who best reflects my views. As with our personal relationships, we are often blind to our favourite politicians' faults. We defend them when others bring up their shortcomings -- "You don't know the real Barack!" -- rather than accept the facts. That's why it stung so much when I recently read a piece in the Globe and Mail titled "From messiah to lame duck: How Barack Obama fell to earth."

Starting Anew in Mali: A Nation Returns to Democracy

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

How do you have an election in a country with a literacy rate of 37%? And why would someone who lives in a mud hut without running water or electricity take the time and effort to vote for someone who in all likelihood will have little to no effect on his or her life? But when the time finally came, election day in Mali was fantastic.

No Voting System Fixes Without Money And Help: Elections Canada

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics

Elections Canada wants to avoid the procedural errors that plagued the last election, but the changes will likely cost money and require political wil...

Liberal Leadership Race 2013: Is Business as Usual Good Enough?

Ted Hsu | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ted Hsu

Liberals now have a clear choice between two distinct leadership options. One is a comfortable, business-as-usual approach. The second approach, personified by Joyce Murray, is to give Canadians a substantive vision for Canada as a modern, prosperous and healthy nation with a sustainable economy and environment.

Don't Disparage Democracy If You're Not Doing Your Part

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

We say that the system is "broken," which gives us an expedient justification for shirking our responsibilities as citizens. We are voting less and participating less, and are increasingly disengaged from our public life. But democracy is not a one-way street.

What I Would Do to Make Canada's Democracy Stronger

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

To fix the malaise eroding our democracy, Canadians need a rich combination of party, electoral and Parliamentary reforms. Here are a few suggestions to contribute to a debate on this topic which I hope will become irresistible.

Who Lied More at the Conventions: Politicians or the Media?

Diane Francis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada
Diane Francis

The presence of 15,000 journalists in Tampa and Charlotte for the conventions was ridiculous but even wackier is the size of "Nation PR." Likely bigger than Newark or its governor, this is an industry of propagandists, bloggers, twitterers, scandal-mongers, pundits, spin doctors, pollsters, journalist-partisans who pen biased op-eds and columns, campaign operatives and dewy-eyed "Monicas" who will do anything for the boss. Nation PR never sleeps and now the fun, for the rest of us, begins as they launch their saturation bombing campaign on US voters to capture victory in November.