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The backroom - Part 2: First past the post and the in/out scandal
Canada needs a new voting system in which all voters have an equal vote and where negative, divisive, "anything goes" campaigns are a thing of the past. Isn't it about time for proportional representation?
Women's (lack of) progress through the decadesOttawa CitizenBy the time the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (Lortie Commission) reported in 1991 (a mere 20 years ago) we had pretty much doubled -a major and unmarked milestone -achieving 13.4 per cent in the election of 1988. ...
Disqualified slate dominates UTSU debateVarsityHe suggested a 5–10 minute break to discuss electoral reform for the future, drawing a shout from Antonin Mongeau in the audience saying “5 or 10 minutes, that's not enough, Dave, that's not enough,” later saying “how about more candidates on the ...and more »
Sri Lanka: where are the women in local government?
A shift to an electoral system based on proportional representation in 1989, which elsewhere has generally proven more favourable to women, there has been no significant change in the numbers of women elected over the years. ...
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Orders of the Day - All's well that ends wellCBC.ca (blog)By Kady O'Malley Thanks to a last minute behind-the-curtains deal with the Conservatives, the New Democrats will get a full day to debate their opposition day motion on electoral reform after all. A quick recap for those who may have lost track of the ...
Political Polarization: What the US Can Learn From Latin America
In contrast, coalition multiparty presidential regimes based on proportional representation that are common in Latin America can illustrate some potential benefits. In the United States, there is a biased assumption that the proportional system is ...
Motion would move country closer to voting reform: Fair Vote Canada
NORTHUMBERLAND -- The NDP is to bring a motion for debate today that will call for the establishment of a Special Committee for Democratic Improvement, says the head of Fair Vote Canada, Brownwen Bruch. ...
The real reason you should say no to AVSpikedAll we have is the largely conservative No to AV lobby telling us that electoral reform will be too expensive to enact, and the Yes to AV lobby looking upon anyone who opposes their pet campaign as a stick-in-the-mud hater of political change. ...
Layton proposes referendum on Senate
Winnipeg Free Press
Wayne Smith, executive director of Fair Vote Canada, said anyone who has ever studied the issue of voting has come to the conclusion that Canada should adopt proportional representation. "The voting system we have is antique," said Smith. ...
Orders of the Day - Dude, where's our opposition day?
... until Wednesday -- the shortest sitting day of the week -- thus curtailing what would otherwise have been a full day of glorious debate over the merits and drawbacks of proportional representation and the future of the Senate to a mere two hours. ...
The Conservatives do protest too much, wethinks
Globe and Mail
A government seriously wishing to forestall that possibility would be negotiating with one or two of the other parties to find common ground, as happens in other countries with proportional representation systems where minority governments are the norm ...
Feature: Drawing the AV referendum battle linesPolitics.co.ukThe chiefs of the 'yes' and 'no' electoral reform campaigns make their cases to politics.co.uk. By Alex Stevenson Last May the country struggled to decide which political party it wanted to rule Britain. This could have been disastrous for David ...
Voting reform will not cause more cuts, Treasury insistsIndependentBut No to AV has seized on the revelation that a division of the Electoral Reform Society, which has given £1m to the Yes campaign, is also a commercial supplier of election services, including counting machines, which could benefit from a change in ...