Electoral Reform In Canada
Electoral DysfunctionThe advantages of proportional voting are gaining recognition across Canada. Fair Vote Canada is the leading organization working for voting reform in the country, analyzing election results and summarizing developments in the country's electoral reform calendar. The group recently broke down outcomes of the January 2006 winner-take-all federal election, finding several examples of what it calls "electoral dysfunction."

New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton recently has brought proportional voting to the fore. He has made it a cornerstone of recent reelection campaigns, advocating a referendum to reform the electoral system. He made proportional voting's adoption a condition of NDP support for the Liberal minority government last year.

On the national level, the Law Commission of Canada has an electoral reform project that aims to spark public dialogue on the different choices in voting systems, in partnership with Fair Vote Canada. See also Maple Leaf Web for a guide to voting systems and electoral reform, as well as Democracy Watch, a Canadian group that advocates democratic change.

Provinces currently considering electoral reform include New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Quebec.

[ FairVote Canada Film: "Electoral Dysfunction" - Windows Media File ]
[ Democracy Watch ]
[ Maple Leaf Web's voting systems links ]
[ New Democratic Party of Canada ]
[ Law Commission of Canada ]  
In the News: Canada
July 20th 2009
Looking Abroad For Answers On Voter Registration
National Journal

Recent studies by the Brennan Center and U.S. PIRG show the need for universal voter registration in the U.S.

June 29th 2009
Register Everybody
Roll Call

Editorial declares that the U.S. government needs to start taking a more proactive approach to voter registration in order to live up to the standards that other countries have set.

June 22nd 2009
Modernizing the vote
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board endorses universal voter registration.

April 21st 2009
Universal Voter Registration: An International Perspective

May 7th 2008
Secretary of State stops in East Tawas
Iosco County News-Herald

Iosco County News-Herald reports Michigan's Secretary of State will begin a new enhanced driver's license this fall

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