Electoral Reform is Finally on the Political Agenda

A couple of days back, Ed Broadbent, Hugh Segal and I published an op-ed making the case for some form of proportional representation. Yesterday the government announced its process for assessing a range of options to make 2015 the last federal election under our first past the post system. And today the editorial pages are … Continue reading

Exporting Democracy

I am reading Bob Rae’s fine book on Exporting Democracy and am experiencing profound feelings of alienation or maybe just superficial feelings of confusion.  In either case, this is not a review of the book except to say that it is thoughtful and nuanced, and particularly welcome at this time when we ought to be … Continue reading

Revitalising Democracy

The following interview was conducted by Scott H. Payne, of the Canadian Council for Democracy.  I have reproduced the interview and Scott’s overly generous introduction here. Anyone who has paid any attention to the Census debacle has probably heard or read the name Dr. Alex Himelfarb. Dr. Himelfarb has been a stalwart opponent of eliminating … Continue reading