Canada Voting

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

John Laforet | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Why We Hate Politics

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

I recently delivered a TEDxTalk in Toronto's Distillery District, inspired by the event theme "invented here." I wanted to talk about politics, but I knew if I did that, I'd likely lose the audience. So I explored the reasons behind the yawn reflex when someone mentions politics: I titled my talk "How to Hate Politics."

Russell Brand's "Activism" Isn't Fooling Me

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

The most revealing moment of Russell Brand's Newsnight interview is when Paxman asks what his revolution will be like. Brand begins his response: "Well I'll tell you what it won't be like." This response, which knows not what it wants and only what it doesn't want, is indicative of what I've come to think of as Che Activism.

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Notorious bad boy, Russell Brand, may have recently started a revolution. Or not. In his interview with BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman, Brand expressed his frustration with the status quo and explained why he's never voted in his entire life. He did so with intelligence and disarming charm.The trouble, however, with Russell Brand's call for a revolution is, while it may speak to people because it sounds terribly dangerous and sexy in a "fuck-it-all, let's start from scratch" kind of way, it offers no real solutions. It's not by rejecting democracy that you create change, because, in a democracy, change can only happen within the system.

March Madness in Voting for Canada's Favourite Restaurants

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada
Vacay.ca

When they learned anyone could cast a vote for Canada's best restaurant, Andy and Linda Tesluk didn't hesitate with their ballots. The couple both cho...

Restaurants Battle to be Canada's No. 1

Vacay.ca | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

Canadians' appetite for naming their favourite restaurant is proving to be insatiable. With six weeks left in public voting for the 2013 Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, two of the nation's most acclaimed establishments are in a tight battle for the People's Choice award -- which is determined by votes from Canadians.

Why Do We Expect So Little of Young People?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

I'm told that 30 is a big step in the long march from an idealistic youth to a staunchly conservative mid-life. I'm pretty sure I won't become any less idealistic in my approaching dotage. I will still advocate for these same policies; the only difference being that as an adult my opinions are taken seriously. Why do we have such low expectations for young people?

The Voting System That Canada Needs (and Deserves)

Omar Alghabra | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

Currently, MPs only need to better their opponent by one vote to get elected. In the last general election, the Conservatives won 39.62 per cent of the popular vote but gained 53.90 per cent of the seats. There have been many discussions on how to fix that apparent unfairness. A more practical proposal would be a preferential ballot system.

Who Ever Said Canadian Politics Were Dull?

Mark Crowley | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

What an exciting time to be a political addict in Canada. Who says Canadian politics is boring? People who aren't paying attention, that's who. First, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was removed from office. Second, we find out that Mark Carney got headhunted to the U.K. And elections, you know, the best sport ever? There were three! And they weren't boring, at all.

Why the Day After Election Day Matters Most

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Yoni Goldstein

Tuesday, election day, is going to be a big day, there's no doubt about it. Americans when they go to the polls will be deciding the direction their country takes -- on the economy, health care, big or small government, taxes, marriage, abortion and foreign policy -- for the next four years. But I'd like to talk about what to my mind is an even bigger day -- Wednesday, the day after the election -- because one very important thing in America needs to change and Wednesday is when it has to start.

Why I Started to Vote at 40 Years Old

Donald D'Haene | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

I am belatedly political -- having voted for the first time after I turned 40 -- most people don't know that about me yet all my life I have constantly heard and continue to hear this line thrown out as though the speaker originated the argument, "If you don't vote you have no right to complain." For the last decade I've certainly more than made up for lost time.

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?

Syrian Election: Orwellian "Animal Farm" a la Assad

Bessma Momani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Bessma Momani

If the Syrian regime was not delusional before, its attempt to have a parliamentary election when its country is in ruins, upheaval and a state of fear is a sure sign that it is out of touch with reality. The veneer of reform is only too plain to see as a complete sham and farce.

How the Wildrose Part Tamed My Heart

Kristina Groves | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Kristina Groves

I can educate myself, and get the information I need to make an intelligent, informed decision, and in the end the right choice is the one that best aligns with your values, and who you are. Going against what you truly believe is a slight to the principles of democracy.

A Fix for Gerrymandering? Real Electoral Reform

Benjamin Trister | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada
Benjamin Trister

The answer to the problem of majority rule by the minority is to achieve electoral reform so that the electoral system is sound enough to itself produce a truly representative government. In the last election, the electoral system awarded 53.9 per cent of the seats to a party that won only 39.6 per cent of the votes cast, and allowed that party to form the government.

Increasing Youth Voter Turnout: Easier Said Than Done

Ilona Dougherty | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Ilona Dougherty

We need put aside current quick-fix approaches to youth voter mobilization that have limited effectiveness; be it vote mobs (sorry, Rick Mercer) or reaching out to just students -- and ensure that we're focusing on the more difficult to implement strategies that will actually lead to getting youth to the polls in the long run.

Were You Manipulated By Voter Supression?

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

I believe that there is a concerted campaign by right-wing parties to do everything in their power to reduce the voter turnout. Negative advertising fuels the flames of cynicism and voters stay home.