Campaign: Open Government

Let municipalites use a "ranked ballot"

The City of Toronto is asking the province to approve this - the idea is called a "ranked ballot", "instant runoff voting" or "preferential ballot" - this prevents a canddiate from splitting th evote and ensures that at least 50% of the people voting approve of the winner.

 

See The star http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2013/10/07/toronto_needs_a_ranked_ballot_voting_system_in_city_elections_editorial.html

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Campaign: Open Government

Mandatory Voting

The Australians make it a law that everybody must register to vote and that they must vote... or at least, they must show up to vote sometime after the writ has dropped. Voting should be an obligation, just like jury duty, or filling in the census form. A small fine for people who refuse to comply The idea would be to also change the ballot to allow people to abstain or to refuse their vote. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Allow recalls of Municipal politicians

Given how Rob Ford has been so controversial, and there have been issues with other politicians like Hazel McCallion, voters should be allowed th eoption of recalling politicians - with one threshold for a by-election, and another threshold for a by-election where the offending politican could not run again until the next general municipal election.

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Campaign finance reform

We need a different system of funding political parties - to take power away from corporations and land developers, and unions, and make funding more reliant on popular support. Essentially, we would include a form with the taxes - people entitled to vote would be given the choice of which party would get $20, or whatever is fair and would be similar to the cost of the tax breaks we now give... reduce the tax breaks ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Lets go back to municipal elections every 3 years, not 4 years

A few years ago, the election cycle for local government was changed. Four years is too long - it means that we have fewer local elections than ones for provincial or federal governments - which can be less than 4 years if there is a minority government. The 4 year cycle was designed so that it would coincide with the provincial cycle - but if for some reason we end up with both in the same year, then we get locked into ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Electoral reform - primary elections and longer elections

right now, candidates for each party are chosen by a handful of card carrying party members, at meeting that can be stacked by special interest groups... in a safe riding for a party, this is undemocratic as it is an automatic ticket to Queen's Park. Worse, some party leaders might appoint candidates, over the objections of the community or their local party loyalists. instead of closed candidate selection meetings, ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Two or three month civic election campaigns

The campaign period for (Toronto) city hall begins on January 2, 2014 or when a candidate files a nomination paper, whichever is later. This is too long. It seems to reflect the United States always campaigning that goes on and on and on.

 

Shorten the civic campaign period to no more than three months, preferably two months.

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Recreate a Regional Metro Toronto Gov't: Amalgamation was bad

It become obvilous in during the last muncipal election that the City of Toronto and its suburbs have different views on how the the City and the formal municipalities should grow and be run. Residents of Downtown have differnt ideas of what the priorties for the City are and vice versa, the former municiaplities have no real connection to the former downtown and have differing views on the priorities of thier comunities. ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Elections

Democratic alternative to proportional representation: candidates must have more than 50% of the votes to be elected.

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