Electoral Reform

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Globe and Mail ponders the ‘decline’ of the Green Party

I love it when Globe columnists argue with each other in print, especially when one of those columnists is the writer we all love to hate (because she makes herself disagreeable intentionally to sell papers), Margaret Wente. The other is Adam Radwanski, and over the past few days both have weighed in on taking stock … Continue reading

Tinkering with a broken system is not the answer

According to the National Post, the Conservative government will announce plans on Friday to move forward with a plan to add an additional 30 seats to the House of Commons in a misguided effort to deal with the imperfections in our system of representation by population. And there are many imperfections in the current rep … Continue reading

Dear Stephen: the 41st General Election and your undeserved majority

Well that happened. The rainy weather here in Toronto is befitting of the mood surrounding what was, for my circle of friends anyway, a very disappointing and bewildering election. The Conservatives end up with 167 seats, 12 more than needed to form a majority; the NDP will form the Official Opposition with 102 seats (beating … Continue reading

The un-endorsement endorsements

“Sometimes, when you see a group of Canadians coming out on Sunday morning to plant trees that they might not even live to see fully grown, you understand and feel the deep and passionate faith that the people of this country have in their own country. They must also have a politics and politicians worthy … Continue reading

Are the injustices of First-Past-The-Post becoming too hard to ignore?

It is always news to the ears of electoral reform supporters when mainstream media outlets report on the possibility of changing our outdated system. The Guelph Mercury spent spent some time yesterday talking with Guelph Political Scientist Judith McKenzie on the subject, thinking about the likelihood of a discussion on electoral reform being one of … Continue reading

Uniting the Left: Part II – Drawbacks and Alternatives

Continuing from yesterday… Uniting the Left: Why We Should Avoid It The problem is, I will never believe that uniting very different left-leaning political parties in Canada would ever make more sense than seriously considering electoral reform. This would eliminate the need to vote strategically to keep someone out, rather than install someone you desire, … Continue reading

Uniting the Left: Part I – Making a Newer, Bigger Tent

I feel like this discussion comes up every Election cycle, and I have heard it bandied about on Twitter more than once in the past week. Here is a Toronto Star article on the topic from the 2008 Election. It seems appropriate in light of the recent surge in NDP support to at least spend … Continue reading

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