One receives a partial, refundable tax credit for donations to candidates in provincial elections. Given the fact that those of higher economic status tend to be more likely to be donors than those of lower economic status, a more equitable means of encouraging political participation would be to replace this subsidy with a per vote subsidy, possibly only up to a maximum of the electoral expenses of the campaign.
There are complaints of the lack of political participation of the younger demographic. School is highly anti-democratic while teaching civics courses which supposedly support democracy. Those aged 16-18 are permitted to earn an income, drive an automobile, serve in the military and participate in political nomination and leadership elections, amongst other rights, so why shouldn't they be enfranchised? The same arguments ...more »
Permanent residents are considered in electoral boundaries, are affected by government policy and provide taxes and user fees to government coffers. The city of Toronto recently voted to send a letter to the premier to request that the province grant the right to vote to Toronto residents in municipal elections. Prior to 1947, Canadian citizenship did not exist, so permanent residents had the right to vote. From 1947 ...more »
Municipal, school board trustee, provincial and federal elections should occur on the same date, which will increase voter turnout and lower administrative and campaigning costs. The schedule would likely have to change in the event that a provincial or federal election is called prematurely.
Use the money currently spent for advertising by Elections Ontario toward a per-vote subsidy up to a maximum of the electoral expenses incurred by the candidates.