Canada: Creating a Better Democracy

What Canada needs: Democratic Renewal and Electoral Reform

Monday, December 19, 2005

We Need a 'Fair' Debate

After listening to an interview with the moderator for last Friday's leader's debate, I had hoped that there would be at least one question on electoral reform. But, unfortunately, I ended up being disappointed. And it looks like I wasn't the only one. In a press release issued today both Wayne Smith and Larry Gordon of Fair Vote Canada, along with a number of prominent Canadians, expressed their frustration at the lack of national debate on electoral reform. "On January 23, those Canadians who still vote will be forced to use a widely discredited and antiquated voting system that distorts what we say and inflames regional tensions. Yet in the last two debates, the party leaders faced not a single question about electoral reform."


At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Crazy Canuck said...

Dear Mr. Bandoro,
While I understand your argument and I am impressed with your reasoning (and despite the odour of week old broccoli that emanates from your person), I don't understand why you and the fairvote people are fighting a battle which most Canadians are aware of and consider less important than issues such as monetary and fiscal policy, corruption within government, the divisiveness between different geographic sectors of our nation, etc. etc. Couldn't your efforts be better spent fighting these core problems as opposed to peripheral/less important procedural battles?


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