Canada must push forward on electoral reform

Coalition governments aren't perfect but when we take time to listen respectfully to each other we come up with solutions where everyone benefits

Canada must push forward on electoral reformPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Feb. 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – If Canada intends to continue to evolve as an inclusive democracy, electoral reform is essential. In the last federal election, Justin Trudeau expressed the need for electoral reform in Canada. But as prime minister, he recently announced that his Liberal party would not follow through on…

Hasty change to Canada’s electoral system never made sense

Before any changes are made or any referendums held, Canadians must understand that many of the proposed alternatives come with drawbacks

Hasty change to Canada’s electoral system never made senseBy Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute WINDSOR, Ont. Feb. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The federal government is walking away from its campaign promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections. Given that the task was always going to be complicated and the results messy, the decision is understandable. In his recently-released mandate…

Electoral reform is dead for now. But not forever

Many Canadians are confused by the lofty alphabet soup of models, leading to several high-profile failures on the provincial front

Electoral reform is dead for now. But not foreverTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 7, 2017 /Troy Media/ – After months of hemming and hawing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally put the proverbial dagger in a significant campaign promise: “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” In his recent mandate letter to the minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, he acknowledged…

Electoral reform impossible in a system at war with itself

Is there still a centre in Canada where we can recognize that the greater good stretches beyond personal gain and find compromises?

Electoral reform impossible in a system at war with itselfRED DEER, Alta. Feb. 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It's unfortunate that the Liberals broke their promise to change the way we elect our federal government. Even though few Canadians seem to care that our voting system doesn't produce particularly representative governments, they do seem to care when signature campaign promises are broken. Even the…

As Liberals retreat, Canadians want to advance democratic reform

The results of the MyDemocracy.ca poll show a remarkably broad consensus that winner-take-all politics is not what Canadians want

As Liberals retreat, Canadians want to advance democratic reformWATERLOO, Ont. Jan. 31, 2017 /Troy Media/ – A recent Canadian Press story carried a headline claiming that Canadians are content with our electoral system. Really? A better headline for the story by Terry Pedwell would have been: “Eighty per cent of Canadians believe our democracy could be improved.” The story reported on the results of the…

Get a life, politicians. Forget about electoral reform

Donald Trump is bringing the world towards the brink of some sort of a war with China, and this is all you have to worry about?

Get a life, politicians. Forget about electoral reformTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - To whom does democracy belong? Its parentage is uncertain. As with “values” – which the Lilliputian Kellie Leitch arrogantly claims to be the final arbiter – “democracy” gets invoked by politicians all the time. They insinuate that democracy, and the values that make up a democracy, are…

What’s wrong with mydemocracy.ca? Plenty

The federal government wants to know what we think about electoral reform, but its website asks leading questions and predetermines values

What’s wrong with mydemocracy.ca? PlentyWATERLOO, Ont. Dec. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The federal government's electoral reform website is being widely mocked. But beneath the outrage and humour, what’s really wrong with [popup url="http://Mydemocracy.ca" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]mydemocracy.ca[/popup]? Plenty. The website is intended to gather perspectives from Canadians who wish to “take part in the national conversation on electoral reform,” according to…

Electoral reform promise is too easily broken

The Liberals have to start making the tough decisions on what electoral reform should look like, then put it before Canadians in a referendum

Electoral reform promise is too easily brokenCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Now that the federal Liberals have regained power and lost their zeal for democratic reform, it’s a really good time to restart the conversation. Because now we can be a bit more objective about whether changing the way we choose our governments is a good idea. Tired of…

Did Trudeau count on political rookie to kill electoral reform?

A bizarre theory has been making the rounds in Ottawa that the Trudeau government never intended to pass electoral reform legislation

Did Trudeau count on political rookie to kill electoral reform?TORONTO, Ont. Dec. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Is it possible the federal Liberals never intended to pass electoral reform legislation? Some political commentators have openly mused about this seemingly bizarre theory since the government’s campaign promise that “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system” was recently put on…

Liberals own no mandate to change electoral system

Based on the scant mention electoral reform drew during last year's election, a referendum is the only legitimate preface to change

Liberals own no mandate to change electoral systemBy Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Only after a referendum can the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau legitimately reform Canada's electoral system. As a candidate, Trudeau promised that the 2015 federal election would be the last under our first-past-the-post electoral system. On…