Canada Elections

Fair Elections Act Amendments Miss the Mark

Travis Gordon | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.01.2014 | 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.

Canada's Growth Owes no Debt To Socialism

Christopher Sands | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Business
Christopher Sands

Canada's fiscal hardheadedness and pro-growth economic policies, along with its tremendous resource wealth, are the real examples that the United States can and should follow (the United States has great resource wealth too, thankfully).

The Supreme Court Will Send a Message to How Elections Should be Run

Omar Alghabra | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

An electoral scandal has been brought to the Supreme Court, and will be precedent-setting in terms of what politicians can and can't get away with in elections. Some of the questions the Justices will be asking themselves: What kind of message will we be sending to future elections if we choose to ignore those violations? Is Elections Canada justified in its nonchalant attitude towards the occurrence of voting irregularities?

Mulcair and Harper's Quebec Tug-of-War

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

According to Thomas Mulcair, the recently crowned federal NDP leader, the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper would consult former Tory prime minister Brian Mulroney about Quebec, proves how little he understands that province. Really? Or is this Mulcair just shaking in his boots because this is a plot by Harper to regain support in Quebec?

Is Obama the New Sarah Palin?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

"Polish death camps," isn't the first embarrassing "misspeak" by President Obama. But for some reason, when Palin makes a gaffe about Russia, it gets parodied by comedians. When Obama makes a gaffe about the Holocaust or concentration camps, all that ensues is an apology. Like warfare, politics isn't fair.

Liberals Need a Specific Platform if They Want to Stay in the Game

Zach Paikin | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada
Zach Paikin

The Tories won the 2011 election by appealing to Canadians' pocketbooks, the NDP's rise can be attributed to the lack of a clear Liberal message, and Jack Layton's popularity from beyond the grave. But what are the Liberals supposed to capitalize on? Two words: the economy.

Democracy For Sale

Mark Crowley | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Mark Crowley

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.

Why I Didn't Vote

Will Braun | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada
Will Braun

I wasn't too busy. I didn't forget. I wasn't even one of those principled abstainers who dutifully spoil a ballot in vague protest. I just didn't bother voting. I know my view is not popular, but I doubt I'm the only one.

Happy Democracy Day, Canada! Or Is it?

Mark Crowley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada
Mark Crowley

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.

Stockwell Day To Support BC Liberals

CBC | Posted 07.22.2011 | Canada Politics

Former Treasury Board president and retired Conservative MP Stockwell Day says he's backing the provincial Liberals in British Columbia because any ot...