Category Archives: Electoral Reform

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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Jean-Pierre Kingsley Is Wrong: Electoral Reform Is A Constitutional Matter


Publication in the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Magazine I am most grateful to Brian Lee Crowley, David Watson, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for having published my short article on electoral reform online under the title, “Time Has Already Run Out on Electoral Reform“; … Continue reading

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Stéphane Dion Is Right: Put Electoral Reform to a Referendum


In 2012, Stéphane Dion wrote a short policy paper on electoral reform in which he advocated that Canadians elect MPs to the House of Commons through a single transferable vote (STV) electoral system. Under Dion’s model, the multi-member constituencies would … Continue reading

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