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Electoral System Reform in Canada: Objectives, Advocacy and Implications for Governance

ARTICLE by Leslie Seidle

This article by F. Leslie Seidle analyzes the re-emergence of debate surrounding electoral reform in Canada. Part 1 surveys different arguments put forth by academics, researchers, and federal and provincial political parties in the debate, notably several proposed alternative voting systems. Part 2 includes profiles of four Canadian groups lobbying for change, as well “a review of the role certain civil society organizations played in setting the agenda for the adoption of alternative systems for the New Zealand House of Representatives and the assemblies created by devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.” Of particular importance to the article is the experience of New Zealand, as Seidle argues Canada’s path would probably lead in a similar direction (a mixed proportional system). He concludes that that the adoption of such an electoral system could improve the representation of women and of smaller and newer parties, but that nomination practices “would also affect the degree to which parties elected more representative legislative delegations.” On the other hand, the author notes that civic participation might not necessarily be positively affected, and that political stability would become associated with inter-party negotiations.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Leslie Seidle;
Publisher: Canadian Policy Research Networks [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Elections & Voting
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Elections & Voting / 2002
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Electoral Reform
Policy Articles / Citizen Engagement / Electoral Reform / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

elections; reform; new zealand; scotland; wales; northern ireland; legislation; participation; governance; civic participation;