The current winner-take-all voting system is absolutely inconsistent with fundamental democratic rights. As a result, Canada is faced with a spiralling democratic deficit.
Rae joins other distinguished Canadians from across the political spectrum on the Advisory Board, including David Suzuki, Lloyd Axworthy, Maude Barlow, Ed Broadbent and Hugh Segal.
We’re looking for that video that will go viral, something that will educate Canadians about the “big idea” of proportional representation, and rally them to make 2015 the last unfair election.
At Halifax's Pier 21, once the gateway for emigrants and refugees entering Canada, I sat down with Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal NDP, to talk energy, environment, economy and electoral reform.
Joyce Murray has taken flak for proposals on political co-operation and electoral reform. "Fantasy" said Marc Garneau while Trudeau claimed proportional representation would increase partisanship.
The briefest glance still proves how undemocratic our system is, in which you merely need more votes than other candidates, to arrive "first past the post," and win a seat.
May 25, 2012 to May 26, 2012
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Canadians and the three centre-left political parties are clear: we need electoral reform. Please join us on May 26 for Fair Vote Canada Convention 2012 and be part of making it happen.
Build a movement, or become a normal, centrist party? Recent evidence, and best thinking, suggests fighting Conservatives with democratic movement building is the way forward for the NDP.
If Canada is ever to become a representative democracy, the NDP and the Liberal Party will have to co-operate to make it happen. The next federal election offers a unique opening.
The NDP and Liberal leadership races are opportunities for debate about both proportional representation and climate change, issues where the Conservatives are at odds with the majority of Canadians.