Responsive Government

Democratic Revolution - the restoration of democracy

The Democratic Revolution In Ontario, as in the rest of Canada and many places in the world today, there is a growing restlessness among the electorate about the function and effect of democracy, democratic institutions, and, the systems of democracy. The loudest voices for change cite the make-up of Parliament as unrepresentative of the will of the voters, and, the election of governments with less than 50% of the vote, ...more »

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Electoral Reform: Runoff Elections

This is an answer to electoral reform, which improves on the first-past-the-post system. Legitimacy of elected candidates is improved as well as potential increases in democratic engagement. When a candidate does not win 50+1% on the first ballot, a second ballot would reduce the number of eligible candidates to two, and ballots would be cast after an additional period of campaigning. The second ballot would deliver a ...more »

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Senate referendum in next general provincial election

Even though the senate is federal jurisdiction, the federal government may modify its view if the residents of the most populous province, containing 38.3% of the population of Canada, are supportive of abolishing the senate, where 22.9% of the seats are allocated to Ontario. The constitution prevents any province from having fewer MPs than the number of senators, so the continuation of the senate effectively discriminates ...more »

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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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Enlarge the provincial legislature

Ontario currently has the greatest number of constituents per provincial riding of any province, with Québec possessing a larger legislature in spite of containing approximately two thirds the population. Enlarging the provincial legislature would reduce the disparity between popular vote for each party and each party's representation in the legislature, and reduce the influence of "special interests" (due to elected ...more »

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