Democratic Renewal


To reverse the hollowing out of democracy, Canada must restore faith in the system and renew public engagement in the political process.

An Electoral System for All

Democracy in Canada is at a critical juncture. The Liberal government has committed to moving beyond our firstpast-the-post (FPTP) electoral system and replacing it with something better suited to democracy...

British Columbia: An Electoral System for All

British Columbia will be voting this fall on whether to adopt an electoral system based on proportional representation (ProRep). An Electoral System for All details BC's history of false majorities under...

Canadians back NDP’s list of priorities for the new minority government

On October 21, Canadians elected a Liberal minority government, creating the potential for the NDP to be a key player in parliament. Like all minority governments, cooperation across party lines...

Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition

Reader's Guide The purpose of Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition is to provide a political history, overview and critical evaluation of the social democratic tradition in Western politics -...

Networked Change in Canada

This groundbreaking report maps out the strategies and practices that lie behind today’s most successful advocacy campaigns both in Canada and abroad. In the process, it demonstrates how and why...

Canadian Electoral Reform - Public Opinion on Possible Alternatives

The landmark survey commissioned by the Broadbent Institute is the first study of its kind and size to measure Canadians’ attitudes about voting system design and preference for electoral reform. The...

Submission from the Broadbent Institute to the Canada Revenue Agency’s online consultation on charities’ political activities

It's time to bring clarity to the current rules regulating political activity of charities. This brief to the federal government, part of the Canada Revenue Agency's online consultation, proposes a...

Workplace Democracy

Workplace democracy speaks to an ever-present need to advance the fundamental rights of employees to associate freely and to have some say over business decisions that affect their lives. It...

Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

The Broadbent Institute, a leading voice for proportional representation in Canada, submitted a written brief to the special parliamentary on electoral reform. Read about the endemic problems with our first-past-the-post...

Could a Progressive Platform Capture Canada's Youth Vote?

More young Canadians back a progressive agenda than older Canadians, according to a new study of massive dataset of over 8,000 Canadians. So could a progressive platform capture Canada's youth...