Campaign: Education

Encouraging Youth Voter Participation, Improving Civic Education

This policy would seek to allow youth to pre-register to vote upon the age of 15, and making the voter registration a part of the Ontario grade 10 civics course, to increase the level of engagement and attachment youth would have in the democratic process before they vote upon turning 18. Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18, and there there is a positive correlation ...more »

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178 votes

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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45 votes

Campaign: Open Government

Internet Voting and Participatory Democracy

The time has come to finish with paper ballots and voting stations. The internet offered us true democratization and before corporations and their preferred partner, governments 'close' this opportunity for good. We need to implement Internet voting and plebiscites for a truly participatory democracy.

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28 votes

Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Eliminate electoral expense reimbursement

If a candidate receives 15% of the votes cast in a provincial election, there is a partial reimbursement of the costs associated with the campaign of the candidate. This effectively discriminates against the candidates who do not do better than third (and in a number of cases, the third-place candidate also doesn't qualify). A non-refundable per-vote subsidy of the electoral expenses would be a more equitable means of ...more »

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6 votes

Campaign: Open Government

ONTARIO SENATE NOMINEE ELECTIONS

Alberta is the only Canadian province to elect nominees for appointment to the Senate of Canada in a process known as an Alberta Senate nominee election. These elections are non-binding as the appointment of senators is the jurisdiction of the federal government. The elections, however, are held under the auspices of the Alberta's Senatorial Selection Act of 1987, which was passed in response to a proposal under the ...more »

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-1 votes

Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Enfranchise those aged 16-18

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 »

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-6 votes

Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Lower the voting age

People should be able to vote at the age of 16 in Ontario. This would encourage youth participation and enfranchise youth.

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-8 votes

Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Enfranchise permanent residents

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 »

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-9 votes

Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Integrate elections

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.

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-10 votes

Campaign: Open Government

Tax Credit for Voting

The Ontario Government should allocate existing tax credits to reward voters for casting a ballot in a provincial election. Allocate 50% of the base portion of our Provincial Tax credit that we receive on our first $9,800 of income and only grant it for a four year cycle if a voter has cast a ballot in a provincial election. Exemptions could be granted for individuals who were unable to cast their ballot for legitimate ...more »

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-15 votes