The alternative vote not a great option for Canadians or democracy

Does little to address the guiding principles of the electoral reform committee and could result in less-competitive elections

The alternative vote not a great option for Canadians or democracyBy Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Nov. 1, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Despite recent musings by the prime minister that electoral reform – a Liberal campaign promise – may no longer be a priority, the parliamentary Special Committee on Electoral Reform will deliver a report by Dec. 1 on how…

Trudeau, Trump’s reckless words an assault on democracy

Trudeau believes democratic reform no longer needed because he won: Trump believes the rules of democracy only apply if he wins

Trudeau, Trump’s reckless words an assault on democracyA flower is wonderful, beautiful, perfect. That’s what a line-up to vote is, too: wonderful, beautiful, perfect. It is democracy, in its essence: your neighbours, queued up with you at the elementary school down the street, shivering in the cold, stamping their feet, waiting quietly to get inside to get a slip of paper and…

Changing Canada’s voting system will dilute voter power

Schemes to produce a majority where there is none prevent voters from deciding and holding those they elect accountable

Changing Canada’s voting system will dilute voter powerVANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Any reform of the federal electoral process is doomed to failure, because there’s no better way of electing MPs than the way we do it now. The Liberal government is pushing ahead with its campaign commitment to ensure that “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post [FPTP]…

Electoral reform fraught with unintended consequences

PR, for example, leads to more government spending and higher deficits, and disproportionately empowers voters from one-issue fringe parties

Electoral reform fraught with unintended consequencesBy Jason Clemens and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The Trudeau government wants to reform Canada’s electoral system, with a committee now investigating options. But so far, few have acknowledged that changing the way we elect our political representatives could have profound consequences on real policy. Two of the five parties (NDP and Greens) on…

Democratic reform requires democratic consent

When it comes to options like proportional representation, e-voting and lowering the age of voters, we all deserve a voice

Democratic reform requires democratic consentDemocratic reform is a hot topic these days. And democracy must be a critical part of the decision-making in any reform. Parliament has drawn up a committee to study changes to Canada's voting system. Here in the Maritimes, Prince Edward Island released a study in 2015 on “democratic renewal,” held public consultations, and scheduled a November…

Convention demands a referendum on electoral reform

Any attempt by the Trudeau government to do so without consent from the electorate may be unconstitutional because it breaks conventional practice

Convention demands a referendum on electoral reformThe Trudeau government wants to change the way Canadians elect their federal government, apparently without first specifically consulting Canadians via referendum. Yet with less than 40 per cent of the vote last election, it has no mandate to transform the oldest practice of Canada’s democracy. Any attempt to do so without consent from the electorate…

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favour

The aim of the Liberals' proposed shift to preferential balloting is a simple power grab aimed to keep them in power for years to come

Liberals’ electoral reform would stack the deck in their favourPrime Minister Justin Trudeau wants to change Canada’s voting system to make it more democratic and representative of the people’s views. Unfortunately, the Liberals’ preferred electoral reform model isn’t representative of either value. Let me explain why. Canada uses a first-past-the-post system (FPTP) for federal elections. The political candidate who finishes first in a riding…

Putting proportional representation to work

The implications of introducing proportional representation to Canada

Putting proportional representation to workCanadians want greater congruence between votes and legislative seats. And we want better representation of women, minority groups and ideas in the houses of government. Those powerful incentives make proportional representation attractive. The main draw of proportional representation (PR) is that the seats that parties receive in elections correlate roughly with their share of the popular vote. The…

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reform

Would it be a good choice for Canada?

Pros and cons of the alternative vote to electoral reformThe alternative vote system is definitely on the federal electoral reform table. But would it be a good choice for Canada? Alternative vote (AV) is used in lower house elections in Australia and Nauru, a former Australian territory. But it was rejected in a 2011 British referendum as a replacement for the first-past-the-post electoral system. AV (or preferential vote)…

Time to fix the flaws in our electoral system

Time to fix the flaws in our electoral systemThere is no perfect electoral system. We need to keep that in mind as we embark on a search for a new one. The Liberals have promised a new electoral system before the next election, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to favour a preferential ballot. Critics have pounced, arguing that such a change would…