A vote for proportional representation in BC’s electoral referendum could boost electoral reform in the provinces or even federally.Read more
I had to watch Prime Minister Trudeau’s epic electoral reform meltdown from a distance over the past couple of weeks given my attendance at an international meeting of progressive policy leaders in South Africa.Read more
OTTAWA--The Broadbent Institute congratulates members of the electoral reform committee for rolling up their sleeves and finding common ground on something so vital as Canada’s electoral system. This majority report is a road map for the Liberal government to make good on its clear and oft-repeated electoral reform promise. We now call on the Liberals to work with the other parties to design a path forward that finally brings Canadians the modern and effective voting system we deserve.Read more
The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform has tabled its final report. We're really encouraged that the Majority Report recommends a system of proportional system with local representation for Canada, and provides a road map for the Liberal government to get the job done.
Unfortunately, the Liberal MPs on the committee filed a Supplemental Report that goes out of its way to recommend their own government break their own clear, calling a proportional representation system a "radical" idea.
So we need to keep the pressure on! Let's show Minister Monsef and Prime Minister Trudeau that Canadians want them to bring in a proportional voting system.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Monsef,
I am calling on you to honour your commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using the outdated first-past-the-post voting system.
Repeatedly during the 2015 election and after you were elected, you promised that 2015 would be the last election held under our current broken system. Nine million votes were wasted during that election; that's nine million voters whose preferences were not reflected in Parliament. When Minister Monsef launched the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform, you called our current system "antiquated" and "not designed to operate within our multi-party democracy."
But recently, with the Electoral Reform Committee entering final deliberations, Prime Minister Trudeau told Le Devoir that significant electoral reform may no longer be coming.
Canadians have waited too long for an opportunity to have their votes represented fairly and equally in Parliament. This is bigger than any individual party or politician. Please do what is right for Canada. Keep your promise to bring in electoral reform.
OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute chair Ed Broadbent will testify at the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) on Monday, August 29, 2016, in Ottawa.Read more
Principle of proportionality most effective way to increase diversity in politics, say new supporters of Every Voter Counts Alliance
OTTAWA — A voting system based on the principle of proportionality is the most effective way to achieve greater diversity in Canadian politics, say new supporters of the Every Voter Counts Alliance committed to increasing the representation of women and visible minorities in the House of Commons.
Following the announcement of a parliamentary committee to study electoral reform with a special emphasis on gender equity and inclusiveness, a growing number of supporters have come on board the campaign for proportional representation. The government has committed to tabling legislation by next April to scrap Canada’s winner-take-all majoritarian system before the next federal election in 2019.Read more
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute cares deeply about renewing Canada’s democracy and we welcome the launch of a special parliamentary committee to study new voting systems.
We know our current first-past-the-post system is broken. It creates false majorities, exacerbates regional divisions and produces legislatures that don’t reflect the diversity of our country. We have a chance to get this right and we must seize the opportunity.
This means making sure every voter counts. The only way to do that – as well as advance the key first principle identified by Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef to underpin the new system – is a proportional system. It’s the only way to ensure that votes are fairly translated into elected results so the system is effective and legitimate.Read more
Editor’s note: Debate on electoral reform loomed large at Progress Summit 2016. Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent told delegates at Canada’s largest annual progressive policy conference that the fight for proportional representation is a fight that progressives can - and must - win.
And Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of the Privy Council, representing the Yes side in the Great Debate: Be it Resolved that Canada Needs Proportional Representation, argued persuasively about how the current winner-take-all system is broken and PR is the only solution to remedy the problems of first-post-the-post.
Below, Broadbent Institute Leadership Fellow Jennifer Hollett shares her perspective.Read more
Largest annual progressive politics conference kicks off with call to bring fair voting system to Canada
Ed Broadbent warns 1,000 progressives of dangers of getting electoral reform wrong
OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent on Friday kicked off the country's flagship progressive policy conference with a call for progressives to make sure the next election is held under a proportional voting system.
Speaking to 1,000 people at the sold out conference, Broadbent called on delegates to seize this “once-in-a-generation opportunity for progressive change, an opportunity to ensure we have a fair voting system in which every voter counts, in which every citizen has a real opportunity to elect a candidate according to his or her values.Read more
OTTAWA — Nine million votes were wasted in the 2015 election under Canada’s winner-take-all electoral system – that’s more than the populations of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces combined, according to a new electoral reform primer outlining why the principle of proportionality must underpin the government’s promise to bring in voting reform by the next federal election.
An electoral system for all: Why Canada should adopt proportional representation, authored by University of British Columbia political scientist David Moscrop, was commissioned by the Broadbent Institute after the newly elected Liberal government promised that the 2015 federal election would be the last one using first-past-the-post.Read more