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 democracyTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A 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…

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]…

Ranked ballots our best chance for electoral reform

A ranked-ballot voting system will produce governments that more closely resemble the collective will of voters

Ranked ballots our best chance for electoral reformRED DEER, Alta. Aug. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A recent Canadian Press story effectively debunks the theory that if the Liberal government imposes a ranked-ballot system for national elections, they will somehow guarantee themselves power in perpetuity. Next week, as hearings into electoral reform resume, Conservative supporters will resume using stats gathered from voting…

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 VANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The Trudeau government [popup url="https://www.liberal.ca/realchange/electoral-reform/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]wants[/popup] 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…

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 consentHALIFAX, N.S. July 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Democratic 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…

Only a referendum can dictate electoral reform

Those who advocate the electoral system, who want every vote to count, don't want to apply that principle to a yes/no vote

Only a referendum can dictate electoral reformCALGARY, Alta. July 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A plank in the Liberals’ election platform aimed to ensure “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post” electoral system. It was enshrined in the December throne speech. The objective is “to make sure that every vote counts.” The ensuing discussion has recapitulated a lot of…

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 reformTORONTO, Ont. June 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The 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…

Electoral reform needed nowhere more than in Alberta

Winner-take-all is not a true reflection of the province’s political diversity

Electoral reform needed nowhere more than in AlbertaCALGARY, Alta. June 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Electoral reform is all about improving democracy in Canada by having our Legislatures and Parliament more accurately reflect voters’ preferences. Instead of winner-take-all in each constituency (often referred to as first-past-the-post (FPTP)), we need a system more consistent with the central idea of democracy – the principle…

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 favourTORONTO, Ont. May 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Prime 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…