Category Archives: Electoral Reform

Justin Trudeau Makes John Pepall’s Case Against Electoral Reform


On 19 October 2016, Le Devoir, the most erudite newspaper in Canada, published a very interesting interview with the Prime Minister, “Trudeau ne garantit plus une reforme electorale majeure.” Trudeau II unwittingly made John Pepall’s case. In his 2010 book … Continue reading

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The General Federal Election of 2019 Will Be First-Past-The-Post


Introduction Kady O’Malley’s column in the Ottawa Citizen of 27 August 2016, “A Lot Would Have to Happen If There’s A Referendum on Electoral Reform,” contained some bizarre, false premises on the nature of electoral law, from the electoral system … Continue reading

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Does Budget 2016 Acknowledge That Electoral Reform Won’t Happen Before 2019?


  As I noted in my column “Time Has Run Out on Electoral Reform,” it is too late to implement a proportional system like MMP or STV in time for the next scheduled federal general election in 2019.  This is … Continue reading

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Scott Reid Quoted My Article on Electoral Reform During Question Period


During Question Period on 13 June 2016, Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston and Conservative Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions, referenced my article “Time Has Already Run Out On Electoral Reform”, published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Inside Policy. I am pleased that … Continue reading

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The Canadian Study of Parliament Group’s Conference on Electoral Reform


Introduction My regular readers will know that I’m not a one-trick pony; at the very least, I’ve become a three-trick pony whose obsession oscillates from the constitutional conventions of Responsible Government – especially as they pertain to dissolution and prorogation … Continue reading

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