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Kathleen O'Connor

Regular contributor to online communities & magazines on such topics as international trade, climate change and electoral reform.

Kathleen O'Connor is former federal public servant who has an Executive Certificate in Strategic HR Leadership from the Sprott School of Business. Since her retirement, she has been dividing her time between helping her husband secure publishing opportunities for his creative fiction works and contributing to various online communities and dialogues on such topics as international trade, climate change and electoral reform. Kathleen is also a contributor to Policy Options Magazine. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and is currently a resident of Gatineau, Quebec.

Electoral Reform: How We Can Move Toward A Citizen-Centred Democracy

At the end of the day, reforming our electoral system is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure that the voices of a majority of citizens are represented in Parliament. If Canadians feel better represented in the House of Commons, it stands to reason that larger numbers will also be motivated to engage more fully in our democracy.
09/30/2016 11:44 EDT
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Electoral Reform: How Canadians Can Contribute To The Debate

Canadians have a rare and precious opportunity to influence the future functioning of our democracy, both in terms of citizen representation and the balance of power that underpins day-to-day decision-making by our national government. This is a window of opportunity that, if squandered, may not present itself again for years to come.
07/08/2016 08:28 EDT
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Electoral Reform: Why Canadians Should Care

Our existing FPTP electoral system is frequently said to produce stable governments. However, when one considers the volume of policies and programs that are regularly revamped when the balance of power shifts between Canada's "centrist" political parties, the validity of this assertion becomes debatable.
07/06/2016 12:24 EDT

Electoral Reform: What Does History Tell Us?

Our current first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system has regularly awarded 100 per cent power to one of Canada's two established "centrist" political parties -- the Liberal Party or the Conservative Party(formerly, Progressive Conservative Party) -- even when their share of the popular vote has been well below 50 per cent of total votes cast, nationwide.
07/04/2016 04:54 EDT