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Make political parties accountable, not controlled by elites - enshrine the rights of party members

When the British parliamentary system first developed, there were no political parties - there was merely those who were part of the government and the King's ministers, and those who were left outside. This was true in Canada until the 1920 where essentially the opposition was only one group as opposed to there being formal parties including fringe parties - in effect, the MPs elected the PM, and the opposition MPs ...more »

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Have 2 part elections - a primary or run-off

The US political system has primary election - the best ones are in states where independents can choose to vote, as opposed to only party members who tend to be on the extremes. France has a system whereby the elections have 2 stpes, with the first round being a means of selecting the 2 finalists to run off against each other. In our system, local candidates are selected by a handful or party members, or sometimes ...more »

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Make contributions to the Ontario Opportunities Fund 100% deductible against Ontario income tax

The Ontario Opportunities Fund (https://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/oof/index.html) was set up in the 1990s, I believe at a time when some people complained that tax cuts were not good and that they would willingly pay more taxes to continue having the same government funded services. The fact that almost no one actually contributes (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/12/20/ontarians-urged-to-help-province-pay-off-its-debt.html) ...more »

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