Electoral Reform: Background Reading

I have gathered up some useful background information for those who wish to read a bit deeper into the issue of electoral reform, both in Canada and in other countries.

Canadian Background

Renewing Democracy: Debating Electoral Reform in Canada (2002) (Law Commission of Canada)

Electoral System Reform in Canada: Objectives, Advocacy and Implications for Governance (2002) (Canadian Policy Research Networks) F. Leslie Seidle

Ontario’s Citizen Assembly on Electoral Reform (2007)

Ontario’s Referendum on Proportional Representation: Why Citizens Said No (2009) (IRPP) Stephenson & Tanguay

British Columbia’s Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform (2004)

PEI Electoral Reform Commission (2003)

Voting Counts: Electoral Reform for Canada (2004) (Law Commission of Canada)

Canada’s Electoral Process: Frequently Asked Questions (2012) (Library of Parliament)

Electoral Reform Initiatives in Canadian Provinces (2009) (Library of Parliament)

Andrew Heard Webpage (Simon Fraser University)

Canada Electoral Reform: Public Opinion on Possible Alternatives (The Broadbent Institute)

International Background

UK Electoral Reform Society

Australia: Why not Proportional Representation?

Readings in Proportional Representation: Professor Douglas J. Amy, Department of Politics, Mount Holyoke College


Electoral Reform in Canada…setting off on the wrong foot

Surely this is not the way to get started.  News over the Christmas holiday weekend that the e government has already made up its mind not to hold a referendum on their ultimate proposal for electoral reform in Canada leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Surely to tell Canadians that, despite previous Canadian precedents, such a fundamental democratic reform as electoral reform should not have their direct approval, and to do so even before the substance is laid out and the debate begun,  is getting the process off on the wrong foot.

This is one of the issues I will be watching over the coming months.