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Entries Tagged as 'Electoral reform'

How many will vote in the November 2014 local government elections?

March 16th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Democracy and participation, Electoral reform, Municipalities

In BC’s last local government elections in 2011 less than 30% of people bothered to vote.  CivicInfoBC has a handy list of turnout information for all of our local governments here. I was curious about how this compared to local election turnout in other provinces. I don’t have turnout information at a provincial level for […]

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4 year municipal elections: are we trading long term planning for accountability?

March 2nd, 2014 · · 5 Comments · Electoral reform, Municipalities

The BC government has announced changes to the way local government elections will be run. One of the changes will be that when local government voters go to the polls in November they will be electing people to represent them to a four year term rather than the current three year term. I am in […]

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Coal association gets free pass on election advertising while public interest groups chilled

May 8th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Electoral reform, Media

Just when I thought the situation with BC’s third party advertising rules couldn’t get any more ridiculous, this comes in from the “Are You Kidding Me?!” department: According to The Tyee, a three page advertorial for the Canadian Coal Association “extolling the virtues of BC’s coal industry” in last week’s Globe and Mail has been […]

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State of play – 3rd party advertising rules and the 2013 provincial election

February 5th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Electoral reform, Law & legal issues

BC’s third party election advertising law has been highly controversial since its introduction in 2008. I wrote the following briefing note to help organizations understand if/how the law affects them. BC’s 3rd party election advertising law applies to many many kinds of public communication during a provincial election campaign — so even if you don’t […]

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What would Stanley say about Brigette Marcelle?

June 4th, 2011 · · 11 Comments · Electoral reform, Transparency & accountability

For the last 30 years or so when confronted with a thorny issue I have often asked myself this question: what would Stanley say?  This is the lens I would like to apply to Brigette Marcelle’s actions in the Senate last week. Marcelle is the young Senate page who during the Speech from the Throne […]

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Lessons for Ottawa from Victoria, Lessons for Victoria from Ottawa

May 5th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Electoral reform

Many Canadians have expressed fear about what our new national government, a majority elected by a 39% minority, will do now that it has four years of real power.  For those concerned Canadians, British Columbia offers a lesson. BC’s government has discovered from an independent study that their HST is not revenue neutral.  It will […]

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There is no Goldilocks in democracy

March 24th, 2011 · · 1 Comment · Electoral reform

Oh boy, we’re in for a lot of democracy here in BC this year.  Federal election in May and probably an HST referendum in June.  My money is on an October provincial election if Christy Clark thinks the numbers are right.  Then a vote for councils and school boards in November. And that is just fine […]

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Missing the Vote: Democratic Reform in BC

December 16th, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Electoral reform

I’ve long thought that we should lower the voting age to 16, so thanks to Mike deJong for raising it in the BC Liberal leadership campaign. I speak from some experience, as I voted shortly after I turned 17 in the Ontario provincial election. I was a frosh in residence at Western and no one […]

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Sshh. It’s an election.

October 7th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Electoral reform, Law & legal issues

This piece, by myself and Heather Whiteside, also appeared in the Vancouver Sun today. It summarizes findings from Election Chill Effect: The Impacts of BC’s New Third Party Advertising Rules on Social Movement Groups,  co-published yesterday by the CCPA, BC Civil Liberties Association, and BC’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Association. “For groups to be […]

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Save The Earth – Vote!

September 19th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Electoral reform, Environment, resources & sustainability

Global warming is “a socialist plot” to steal from the rich – according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. However, it’s not just Harper.  The federal government, under both Liberals and Conservatives, has not only resisted environmental action in Canada, they have opposed international efforts to protect the Earth. Indeed, George Monbiot wrote that Canada is […]

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