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
April 2nd 2007
Panel picks radical voting changes for Ontario
Ottawa Citizen

A study group of Ontario Citizens Assembly members recommends that the province adopt a mixed-member proportional voting system.

February 16th 2007
New undergrad voting system may go to referendum
The McGill Daily

FairVote's Jack Santucci quoted on the effort to use instant runoff voting at Canada's McGill University.

January 18th 2007
Jones wins PC nomination
Orangeville Citizen (Ontario)

Progressive Conservatives use IRV in nomination process for provincial election in Ontario.

January 8th 2007
Quest to make every vote count

The chair of Ontario�s Citizens Assembly is optimistic that the body will endorse a move to proportional voting.

January 5th 2007
Citizens' assembly probes changes to electoral system
Ancaster News

Ontario's Citizen's Assembly considers proportional representation system for future elections.

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