Most majority governments are based on false majorities. These false majorities undermine the basic premise of democracy that the will of the majority should prevail. False majorities allow a minority to rule over the majority.
The issue does not produce the same visceral immediacy as debates about health care, climate change, and economic stagnation. It does, however, find its roots in deep historical shifts in the relationships between citizens and their governments. We are going to try and distil the public preferences for moving forward on these issues.
There is no overall consensus and there are those who would be quite content with the status quo. Despite these cleavages, there is a clear overall lean that there is a problem and that it needs fixing.
Most citizens agree that the status quo is flawed and change is required. Changes will inevitably leave some unhappy but there will be even more discontent if nothing were to change.
In this discussion, we are sharing the increasingly reflected views of a representative sample of Canadians. Some of the key questions have been asked repeatedly over the years so we can judge the trajectory of concerns and preferences.
It is notable that while there is a desire to change the electoral system, the very act of rigourous citizen engagement is seen as one of the most promising ways of renewing trust in government.
Consider this research as an example of just that and imagine that informed, reflected, and representative engagement became part of routine governance. We are going to organize the rest of this discussion around five central questions: What is the current state of health of Canadian democracy?
How are the public seeing the issue of electoral reform?
What should be the next steps? Should we move forward or delay? Should we be broadening the horizon of reforms to consider things other than alternatives to the first past the post system?
What would a citizen-built system of democratic reforms look like? A Check-up on Democratic Health The question of whether or not we need to make changes is rooted in the question of whether the current system is performing adequately or needs to be improved.
We know that Canada, like virtually all advanced Western Democracies, has experienced a precipitous decline in trust in government over the past several decades.
The incidence of those who say they can trust the government in Ottawa to do the right thing is less than half what it was in the sixties. On the other hand, we have seen an impressive rise in this indicator since the change in government last year.
However, we suspect that this improvement is not sufficient to deal with the depths of the problems and our respondents also tell us that. While the bounce is impressive, it has flattened and may well decline again.As the Mexican congress debates two major economic reforms (fiscal and energy) a third reform debate, this time over changing the rules and institutions of the Mexican political system, is in full swing.
Montreal saw a crowd of people gathered in protest at the Jarry Metro Station at 2 PM. The protesters had gathered in light of the recent decry by the Prime Minister about not going forward with the electoral reforms.
The country is engaged in a debate over the process and the eventual choice of a new electoral system. The Trudeau government is seeking to fulfill the Liberal election promise to replace the current first-past-the-post system before the federal election.
The only certainty about the electoral reform debate over the Liberal electoral promise is that its temperature will rise steadily over time, especially if it is brought to the front burner of a.
Electoral reform is change in electoral systems to improve public desires are expressed in election results.
That can include reforms of: That can include reforms of: Voting systems, such as proportional representation, a two-round system (runoff voting), instant-runoff voting, Instant Round Robin Voting called Condorcet Voting, range. Oct 11, · Pocket sized Electoral Reform!
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