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FIFA: Diversity of voting sytems

As the World Cup plays out in Brazil, we thought it would be interesting to look at the voting systems used in each country. Out of 32 countries, …

FIFA

Simcoe County News - Latest Daily Breaking News Stories

The Simcoe County www.simcoe.com is your daily Simcoe County news source. Read the latest break news from Simcoe County, and around the world, …

Council of Canadians, students to challenge Fair Elections Act in court

The Council of Canadians and the Canadian Federation of Students announced Thursday they will challenge the Harper government’s new election bill, …

Government

Bring mandatory voting, preferential ballot to Canada: Trudeau adviser

OTTAWA - Canada should adopt mandatory voting and a preferential ballot to re-engage citizens in the political system and reinforce democracy, says a …

Opinion | Election results underscore the need for proportional representation

No, it doesn't. We have a "winner-take-all" system — the winner in each riding takes all the power, even if only a small fraction of the voters …

Southwestern Ontario

Canada should make voting mandatory: Siddiqui | The Star

We hail the dawn of democracy overseas, especially in places where the West has been involved, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. We delight in seeing …

Wynne wins majority: does Ontario need electoral reform?

TORONTO – Kathleen Wynne is still the premier of Ontario.<p>While the conservatives have 27 seats and the NDP 21, the Greens, the party of choice for …

Ontario Liberal landslide — with only about a third of the votes — is a powerful new argument for election reform

<b>ANALYSIS</b><p>The Liberals’ landslide victory — in seats, if not the popular vote — has handed another piece of ammunition to opponents of the traditional …

Voting rights restored to Canadians living abroad long-term

More than one million Canadians living abroad are now eligible to cast ballots in the next federal election after a court struck down a law stripping …

Canada

Fair Elections Act back on fast track after 45 amendments submitted

The divisive Fair Elections Act has resumed its fast-track passage through Parliament, after the federal government submitted 45 changes in a bid to quell opposition to the bill.<p>The amendments were submitted to the committee and obtained by The Globe as MPs returned Monday from a two-week break, …

Supreme Court handed Harper a constitutional lesson, not a loss

Some of the commentary on Friday's Supreme Court decision has surmised that this was all a massively clever plot by Stephen Harper to get himself off a political hook: He knew all along what the Court would say, and only wanted the Supremes to put this issue on ice forever.<p>There is a simpler …

Fair Elections Act gets surgery, and my how its looks have improved

Ding-dong, the Fair Elections Act is dead. Or at least amended beyond recognition. After months of mounting opposition, with experts lining up to take shots, opposition parties salivating at the prospect of running against the bill, and some Conservative members begging their leaders to step back …

‘Stuck with status quo’ on Senate, says Harper after court’s rejection

The Supreme Court has given a unanimous rebuke to the Conservative government's attempt to transform the Senate into an elected body without provincial consent, a ruling Prime Minister Stephen Harper said leaves him with little choice but to abandon his long fight to reform the Red Chamber.<p>Mr. …

Canada

An open letter on the Fair Elections Act

Last month, more than 160 professors signed an open letter to express grave concerns about the damage to Canadian democracy that the "Fair Elections Act," Bill C-23, would cause. Today, we the undersigned, an even larger group of professors who share a deep concern over this legislation, urge the …

Nowhere is strategic voting more necessary and routine than in Quebec

Pity the Quebec elector. Exercising your right to vote is rarely as simple as picking the candidate you like best. Marking your ballot involves weighing the undesired consequences of your action as much as choosing your preferred party. It helps to have a doctorate in game theory.<p>What do you do, …

Amend election reform bill or kill it, Harry Neufeld says

Harry Neufeld, the author of the report often cited by government officials to support its proposed changes to Canadian election laws, says the …

Government

Progress on Michael Chong’s democratic reform bill

Canadian democracy has suddenly become a hot topic – and that's good news for the country. Over the past weeks, Canadians have become aware of the flaws in the Conservative government's so-called Fair Elections Act, a bill that this newspaper has said should be killed and sent back to the drafting …

Higher youth turnout could change tone, content and outcome of political debate

"My vote won't make any difference."<p>It's a common refrain among those who don't bother to cast ballots in Canadian elections.<p>But a new analysis of young non-voters in the last federal election suggests they should think again.<p>If young people had turned out to vote in the same numbers as the …

Opinion | Proportional systems give voice to Canadians

However, proportional representation is more likely to lead to stable policies in the long run as a particular political party will not have to …

Canada

Voters may regret Fair Elections Act, election chief Marc Mayrand says | The Star

It’s also not an issue that ever came up in Mayrand’s regular consultations with an advisory group of all the political parties — including the …

5 things to know about Conservative election reforms as Mayrand takes the stand

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief electoral officer is scheduled to go before a House of Commons committee Thursday to testify on the government’s sweeping …