Canada Voting

Exposing the Double-Standard of Ranked Ballot Critics

Dave Meslin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Dave Meslin

Ranked ballots give more power to voters by eliminating strategic voting, encouraging positive campaigns and ensuring that unpopular incumbents can't win their seats due to vote-splitting -- but critics of reform are speaking out. They reveal a comedic double-standard. Some of the same people who are trying to derail democratic reform in Ontario themselves use the exact same system that they claim is too complex or unfair.

Are You Registered To Vote? Here's How To Tell

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Who's ready to exercise some democracy?

We're Making Student Issues Election Issues

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

We're not waiting for parties to take us seriously, we're going to the polls to show them we're serious about electing candidates who make postsecondary education a priority in a meaningful way. We need to hear of plans for reduced tuition fees, increased access to grants and forgiven student debt. This election, students know the stakes. Students don't need to be convinced to vote for an abstract reason -- the truth is as a student, you must vote this election because if you don't, you're giving our next government permission to continue ignoring you and your future.

Refugee Crisis Highlights Need for More Engagement Among Canadians

Steven Zhou | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

Data from UNHCR shows that only about one per cent of the world's displaced population resides in Canada. In fact, Canada has yet to meet its own targets for refugee acceptance when it comes to the current crisis, which originates primarily out of Syria and Iraq. Canadians, especially Muslim Canadians, interested in changing this status quo now have a lot more incentive to show up on October 19 to vote and do their part in the political process.

The Leader is Important, But Candidates Matter Too

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

When we cast our ballot, most of us believe that we are voting for a prime minister. Indirectly, we are. But we actually vote for an individual who, if elected, sits in the House of Commons as the representative of one of 338 federal constituencies in Canada. -- Despite our creeping cynicism and dismissiveness of our MPs, few jobs are as important, and the people whose names are actually on the ballot matter a lot. Yet, we rarely take time to assess whether they should be entrusted with the duties of a lawmaker. Often, our only focus is on the party leader, which comes at the expense of getting to know the person we are actually going to be voting for.

Canada's Most Engaged Citizens Might Actually Be Too Young to Vote

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Why don't we let 15-year-olds vote? We educate them about citizenship from the time they are in elementary school. We wail and moan about ever-decreasing voter turnout. But we don't really look at young people as citizens. We think of them as citizens-in-waiting.

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

Consider Strategic Voting This Election

Bob Kull | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Bob Kull

Instead of insisting on voting only for an ideal candidate with whose orientation and policies we fundamentally agree, and feeling guilty if we vote for the "lesser of evils," perhaps in voting for the lesser of evils we're fulfilling our evolutionary responsibility.

What Do We Know About Strategic Voting?

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

The concept of strategic voting is widely used by political parties and the media since the beginning of the campaign. It is assumed that it is a widespread behaviour because Canada has a "winner-takes-all" electoral system. There are two very simple conditions for a vote to be qualified as strategic: first, a voter must not vote for her preferred party, and second, behave this way in order to block a worse option. As we shall see, this straightforward definition has enormous consequences when it comes to quantifying strategic voting.

Long-Term Canadian Expats Turn To Supreme Court For Voting Rights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics

"There's been a strong response.''

To Become Engaged Citizens We Must Exercise Our Right to Vote

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Reeha Korpal

Living in western societies we often take our right to vote for granted. Low voter turnout can be seen across the board from municipal elections, provincial ones, and even the federal elections -- in fairness it tends to get better the higher the level of government -- and it is for lack of a better word: depressing.

Online Polls Are Better Than Phone Surveys in Almost Every Way

Angus Reid | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Angus Reid

I've been a pollster for 40 years. Internet polling enables us to explore subjects once very difficult, if not impossible, to cover via telephone surveys. Further, online polling provides opportunities to put video and photos in front of people for truer reactions.

From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The entire school in Ayr, Scotland, vibrated with anticipation. The lunchroom sounded more like a debate hall than a cafeteria. Kirsty McCahill watched the clock tick down to the closing bell. She rushed home, then to the nearby community centre to do what no Scottish 16-year-old had ever done before that day: vote on the future of her country.

Want to Get Millennials to Vote? Have Them Vote for a 'Party'

Phillip Haid | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada
Phillip Haid

We believe it's imperative that we work to identify ways to engage this large, powerful, passionate demographic. After all, there are 9.2 million millennials in Canada -- who in the next 15 years will comprise 75 per cent of the labour force.

5 Ways To Enhance Local Government And Democracy In Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Surrey needs to return to the ward system. A candidate doesn't need thousands of dollars to run a city-wide campaign or to seek the nomination of a political slate. Independents would have a good chance of getting elected. This is because the elections would be held in smaller neighbourhood districts or wards. This would give Surrey the same representation as Vancouver -- which is more than appropriate considering the growing size and stature of Surrey.

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.

Having $200 Shouldn't Qualify You to Run for Mayor of Toronto

John Laforet | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

We can pretend living in Toronto and having $200 dollars you aren't using qualifies you to be Mayor, but it doesn't. There are realities that come with running for office and one of those is being able to demonstrate popular support for your candidacy and ideas.

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?

Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? Have no doubt: the Ontario premier is an insignificant figure on the world stage. Premier Wynne: Welcome to the new economy. Young people are more politically engaged and self-aware than older generations. Want to stop an election scandal or influence Senate reform? Don't write a letter to the editor of legacy print media. Start a YouTube channel. Tell us the truth and we might vote. We're smarter than you think we are.

Let's Shake Up Civic Elections, Starting With Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Now that the civic election is coming up, I would like to propose electoral reform of local government for big cities in British Columbia, especially my hometown of Surrey. It's the ideal place for a mixed "at-large" and "ward system" of electing city councillors and the mayor.

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.

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.

Althia Raj

Does Anyone Like The Fair Elections Act? | Althia Raj | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government’s proposed changes to the election law will weaken the public’s trust in the electoral process and could lo...

I Don't Understand Why You Pay Heavy Taxes and Still Don't Vote

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Music
Natalia Yanchak

As citizens of the "free world" -- North Americans, at least -- we have a great power bestowed upon us: the right to vote. Yet this basic right is often taken for granted. Understandably, enacting one's support for politicians can be frustrating, but fundamentally they are chosen by us to manage our tax dollars. And listen up: you pay taxes.

The Fair Elections Act Will Make It Harder For Canadians to Vote

Craig Scott | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The bill eliminates two methods of voting that have proven effective in enfranchising voters. One is the long-standing Canadian practice of vouching that allowed 120,000 people to vote in 2011. The other is Elections Canada's expanded use of its Voter Identification Cards (VICs) for youth attending university, seniors in residence, and Aboriginal people living on reserve.