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
October 9th 2007
Referendum? Lie back and think of Oscar
The National Post (Ontario)

FairVote's David Moon uses the Academy Awards and pizza toppings to help explain MMP.

September 21st 2007
Nation needs reliable system to ensure accurate rolls
The Buffalo News

Michael Caudell-Feagan of Pew Charitable Trusts' Make Voting Work program writes about the need for universal voter registration.

May 31st 2007
Change is a-comin' to Ontario
Ottawa Citizen

Peter Robb argues in favor of a proposal to replace Ontario, Canada's current winner-take-all system, which "breeds cynicism and apathy," with a mixed member proportional system.

May 24th 2007
`Yes' side to battle for voting reform
Toronto Star

The Ontario, Canada campaign for proportional voting is off to a strong start. Earlier in 2007, a Citizens Assembly recommended mixed-member proportional voting replace winner-take-all for provincial elections.

April 16th 2007
Ontario to vote on electoral system
The Globe & Mail

Ontario's Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform has sent mixed member proportional voting to referendum in a 94-8 vote.

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