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Now what?

Written by Sarah Simpson | Tuesday November 15th 2016   How are you feeling? I’ve been talking to friends who’ve been experiencing a wide range of emotions since last Tuesday night — surprise and confusion, sadness and fear, optimism and resolve. If there’s one thing the American election can teach us, it’s...

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I'm too busy to miss this conversation

I left the house this morning at 6:30 AM. Dog leash in one hand, breakfast in the other. I had an ambitious list of things I told myself I could get done before 9 AM so I could greet the official start of the workday with a feeling of accomplishment....

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Think hybrid: can we have our ranked ballots and proportional representation too?

Written by Ian Sherman Living as I do in rural Cape Breton, my very strong feeling is that we’ll never see our largely rural province adopt electoral reform without first seeing a working precedent established either federally or by another province. With that in mind I'm hoping this post will...

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Solving for first past the post: what's wrong with that?

Guest Blog by Katelynn Northam I remember distinctly the moment when I realized how broken our voting system is. It was the night of the 2011 election and I was unwaveringly optimistic - in a way that only a fourth-year political science student can be - about the virtues of...

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The opposite of representation is exclusion: why adopting proportional representation isn't optional

Guest Blog by Antony Hodgson Anyone who watched last year’s film ‘Selma’ about the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 will not have missed the point where the African-Americans’ demand that the government fully implement and enforce their right to vote. It generated significant opposition from the...

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Electoral reform is not about revolution, it's about evolution

Guest blog by Jesse Hitchcock  In ecology, we talk about ecosystems - groups of organisms living together and interacting with their environment. Ecosystems are perfectly engineered to balance the needs of many. Ecosystems are a continuous and artful dance between stresses and solutions. They are always evolving. The communities we live in...

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Bill Black: Are majority governments good or bad?

Guest Blog by Bill Black A core question when considering proposals for new voting systems is whether majority governments are good or bad. I think they are good. 

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The nature of systems is to resist change

Guest Blog by Michael Chender  Changing something as embedded as our voting system is a big undertaking.  In fact, as any of us who have worked to shift established ways of doing things in an organization, community or in the larger society have discovered, “change-making” is a very challenging undertaking.  There...

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