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| March 1, 2015

Is the time right to discuss electoral reform?

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The momentum is building towards a more democratic electoral system based on proportional representation. Can we seize this opportunity this election?

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Will we seize the opportunity for electoral reform in this election?

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Perhaps the only thing more offensive than the way Stephen Harper has changed Canada is the fact he's done it without the support of anything approaching a majority of Canadians.

Under our "first-past-the-post" electoral system, it's possible to win control of Parliament and exercise enormous power over the country even with only a minority of voters actually voting for you. The democratic shortcomings of such a system have long been evident.

But the rise of Stephen Harper's Conservatives -- with their aggression, their willingness to flout democratic rules and traditions, their indifference to the interests of those who didn't vote for them -- has highlighted the danger of an over-empowered minority in an urgent new way.

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Harper's election reforms make voter suppression easier

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In the name of clamping down on "voter fraud," the Conservatives have brought in election reforms that will actually make it easier for voter suppression to go undetected in the future.

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Stage is set for more voter fraud in next election

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If you're a low-level political operative, the conviction of Conservative party staffer Michael Sona for his role in the robocall scandal may well have deterred you from committing voter fraud in the future.

But if you're a high-level political operative, the outcome of Sona's trial probably left you emboldened.

With a federal election looming, the stage is set for more voter fraud. But this time there's very little chance we'll ever find out about it, due to changes the Conservatives have made in Canada's election laws.

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| November 20, 2014

Should there be mandatory voting in Canada?

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Let's face up to it. Making voting mandatory under the electoral system we have now would be like demanding that a student learn music on a keyboard that produces the intended note less than half the time -- and requires them to wait four years between keystrokes.

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How to beat Tim Hudak and defeat the right-wing agenda

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It seems like most Ontarians are only now getting interested in the June 12, 2014 vote in Ontario and the ballot, which will determine who will rule Canada's largest province. The Polls indicate that the current governing Ontario Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne are in a neck and neck race with Tim Hudak's Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

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| June 10, 2014
June 6, 2014 |
Canada's electoral system is failing democracy. We need a citizen-led consultation process and a new electoral model. Make every vote count!
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