ELECTORAL REFORM

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6 Electoral Reforms For A More Democratic B.C. Election

There needs to be a direct connection from the citizens to the elected official without all these special interests trying to skew the outcome of the election or trying to influence the voting intentions and platforms of the candidates. The end result would be elected officials who would be truly independent and can vote with their conscious and what is best for the citizens and their community.
Dave Meslin

How The East Coast Is Leading The Way On Voting Reform

In two referendums, one on each side of the border, residents of Maine voted in favour of switching the entire state over to ranked choice voting and two days earlier voters in P.E.I. embraced a system called mixed member proportional. Both of these systems offer distinct benefits to voters and offer a glimpse of hope that we can overcome the democratic deficit in both countries.
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Love Is In The Air -- Can We Make It Last?

More and more I hear Canadians making mean and disparaging comments about those who disagree or have different points of view. I also hear racist remarks, which is terribly distressing. It's not who we are as a nation. Some of the things said after the shooting at the Mosque in Quebec made me feel like I was at a Trump rally. And I'm not ashamed, or afraid, to say I don't like it.
Canada uses a first-past-the-post electoral system, along with the United States and Britain, which critics say disproportionately favours certain parties. Justin Trudeau's Liberals campaigned on a pledge that the 2015 federal election would be the last under such a system. The Liberal government has convened an all-party parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.