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How people elect parliaments

Canadian parliamentary governments have a strange lack of voter backing

Last weeks’s provincial election for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario highlights a major problem with Canadian elections: the surprisingly low electoral mandates of almost all their national and provincial governments. … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

British Columbia electoral reform plan announced

The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has announced details of a plebiscite to be held in November on the future system for electing the province’s Legislative Assembly. … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Electoral reform efforts active in Canada

Canadian electoral reform organisations continue to be active in several of the nation’s provinces, despite the disappointment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoning a 2015 election pledge to secure electoral … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Canadian government confirms breach of commitment on electoral reform

A debate in the Canadian Parliament today confirmed that the governing Liberal Party has reneged on an election commitment for electoral reform. The Canadian Liberal Party and its leader, Justin … Continue reading

June 1, 2017 · 13 Comments

Canadian conservatives weight members’ votes in choosing new leader

On Sunday the Conservative Party of Canada elected its new national Leader, using a highly unusual weighted preferential voting system which gave heartland party supporters relatively low vote weights. Members … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Agreement for new minority government in British Columbia

Three weeks after the May 9 election, the New Democrat Party and the BC Greens have agreed on the formation of a government for the Canadian province of British Columbia. … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

British Columbia results confirmed: delicate minority government to follow

This month’s provincial election in British Columbia has been wrapped up after two weeks of counting postal ballots. There are no changes to the May 9 election night results, which … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cliffhanger vote in British Columbia

British Columbia is witnessing one its closest ever elections, and the first-past-the-post voting system has for once failed to yield an election result on the night. The Canadian west coast … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Leaders are made, not born

The leadership of political parties is vigorously contested in all democratic nations. Party leadership processes are – or recently have been – underway in the United States, Britain and Canada, … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment