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  Canadian electoral system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Canadian electoral system is based on a parliamentary system of government, modelled on that of the United Kingdom.
Canada’s electoral system is referred to as a first past the post system.
Even Canadians in their own ridings during the election period may use the special ballot if they do not wish to go to a Polling Station.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canadian_electoral_system   (1015 words)

Canadians may not be aware of the details but they know their votes don't count for a variety of reasons.
Canadians in the West know that their votes are almost meaningless in the present electoral system.
Canadians on the West Coast or the East Coast or the North Coast, don't count.
jamesbredin.tripod.com /numberfour/id13.html   (747 words)

 The Canadian Electoral System (BP-437E)
Once appointed, the Chief Electoral Officer – who holds office until he or she attains the age of 65 – can only be removed for cause by the Governor General upon a joint address of the House of Commons and the Senate.
The Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act specifies that a Commission is to draw constituency boundaries in such a way that the population of each constituency is as close as possible to the quotient obtained by dividing the provincial population of eligible voters by the number of seats allocated to the province.
The Canadian electoral system is not static; it is continually evolving in response to new challenges and circumstances.
dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca /Collection-R/LoPBdP/BP/bp437-e.htm   (8357 words)

 Canadian Electoral Reform
The recommendation to adopt a new electoral system was put to the voters in a referendum question at the May 2005 provincial election.
When the votes were counted, however, 64% of the PEI electorate voted against the proposal; only 2 of the 27 ridings saw a majority in favour of electoral change.
The success with which a PR system provides parties with a share of the seats that is proportional to their vote share is dependent on several factors including the number of parties that fall short of the threshold and whether the votes and seats are counted up either nationally, provincially, or regionally.
www.sfu.ca /~aheard/elections/reform.html   (2746 words)

 Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada - Briefs
Instead of the electoral process being one in which citizens participate in the act of self-government, empowered and responsible to themselves and one another, the electoral process is one which divides the polity on the basis of the electoral promises of the parties which consider them a voting bank.
There is nothing in the electoral law to guarantee the equality of citizens either in terms of their access to information about candidates and parties, or equality in the benefits provided by the Act to equal access to power and the mechanisms of empowerment.
However, present provisions for reimbursement for candidate's expenses in an electoral system whose outcome is prejudiced by the unfair distribution of wealth perpetuates an unfair playing field, influence-peddling and contributes to the credibility and legitimacy crisis.
www.mlpc.ca /briefs/19980128electoral.html   (7397 words)

 The Canadian Electoral System (BP-437E)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
(1)  Electoral law is an extraordinarily complex area, and one that is being constantly changed and fine-tuned.  This paper focuses on the existing electoral system and laws.
Canadians are very mobile, and about 20% of the information on the Register of Electors changes every year.  The Register is updated with information from existing federal and provincial data bases.  By complying with certain procedures and requirements, eligible voters are able to vote, even if they are not on the voters’ lists.
Each of the 308 Members of the Canadian House of Commons — including the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Speaker — is elected to represent a particular constituency.  As noted above, elections in Canada are organized on a constituency basis and are largely administered at this level.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/library/PRBpubs/bp437-e.htm   (1175 words)

 Prospects for Electoral Reform in Canada
The closest PR came to finding its way to the Canadian national political agenda was in a proposal by the Pepin-Robats Commission in the late 1970s calling for a mixed electoral system with 60 (of 342) MPs to be elected from party lists.
Irvine concludes by endorsing PR as the system under which parties have reason to build faithful voting blocs around individuals who are in the process of advancing their political careers.
Their failure to support electoral reform cannot have been simply a matter of partisan political advantage, for the deputies understood -- and had the simple mathematics explained to them by proponents of the reform if they did not -- what the numbers meant for the party.
www.fairvote.org /reports/1995/chp7/milner.html   (3216 words)

 Thomson Nelson - Political Science Resource Centre
The matter was put to the electorate in a referendum in May 2005; although 58% voted in favour, the results fell short of the 60% that would have required the government to introduce enabling legislation into the legislature.
The PEI government created an Electoral Reform Commission whose report published in late 2003 recommended that the province should explore adopting some form of proportional representation; the two preferred options were identified the single transferable vote or mixed member proportional systems.
A draft bill was published in late 2004, with the proposal for a radical re-structuring of the electoral system.
polisci.nelson.com /elections.html   (1396 words)

 Nelson - Political Science-Canadian Politics on the Web/Elections
The first-past-the-post electoral system in Canada produces some strange distortions between the number of votes a party wins and its share of seats in the legislature.
Canadian Elections offers a table comparing the votes and seats won by parties on a national and provincial basis.
You can compare the 16 biggest cities in Canada to see their relative size and different electoral systems; as you will see, all the major cities outside BC use the ward system rather than at large elections.
www.nelson.com /nelson/polisci/elections.html   (1123 words)

 Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform - Related links
Covers the importance of electoral systems, the mechanics of a variety of electoral systems, relative strengths and weaknesses of electoral systems and referendums on change to electoral systems.
Electoral Change Coalition of British Columbia: This body in interested in changing the electoral system for BC and attempts to show what the results of elections in BC would have been if past elections had been run under different systems.
The Electoral Reform Society in Britain is a membership organisation that campaigns for improvements in democracy, particularly through the use of better voting systems.
www.citizensassembly.bc.ca /public/learning_resources/other_links   (1313 words)

 Fall 1980   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Within the Canadian context, the presence of democratic socialist governments at the provincial level provides opportunities for comparing the impact of varying ideologies upon public policy outputs.
The financial data examined suggest that the total growth of government did not appear to be related at all to party ideology while the revenue base and expenditure patterns did shift somewhat, although not dramatically and not out of line with changes occurring elsewhere at the same time.
Before Canada seriously considers abandoning its present electoral system, the assumptions made about alternative systems and the arguments presented on their behalf deserve closer scrutiny than they have so far received.
www.ipac.ca /pubs/cpa_journal/back_issues/fall_1980.html   (881 words)

 canadian newspapers canadian government canada senate politics - Vindicator.ca - One year later-Canadians polled on ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Canadians enjoy an electoral system by which a candidate who gains the greatest number of votes in a constituency in a General Election wins a seat in the House of Commons.
It is a system they are familiar with, and they have abided by its rules election after election.
The Canadian Vindicator is an Internet publication under the registered domain www.vindicator.ca and has no affiliation with any political party or other organization.
www.vindicator.ca /vindicator/oneYearLater.asp   (503 words)

 Canadian electoral system: Canada's Archaic political system in need of repair
Now, if Stronach had been leader and had repudiated their statements, it would have been believed because it is well known that she is a fiscal conservative, not a social one.
Canadians are slowly but surely drifting away from the keystone of NDP philosophy - a belief that interference in everything by the state is positive.
The before mentioned highlights once again the fact that this country's archaic political system is badly in need of reform.
www.danielnpaul.com /Col/2004/ArchaicPoliticalSystemInNeedOfRepair.html   (745 words)

 canadian newspapers canadian government canadian senate canada politics canada federal government online canada ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
It is the hope of the new "Canadian Vindicator", published on the World Wide Web, to uphold the principle expounded in the masthead of its pioneering namesake, "Justice to all classes; monopolies and exclusive privileges to none".
In the spirit of preceding generations of Canadians who used the medium of print, principally newspapers and pamphlets, to foster democracy, this Internet journal, The Canadian Vindicator, is dedicated to shedding light on the state of democracy in Canada in the 21st century.
Because the subjects dealt with in The Canadian Vindicator transcend party politics, the political affiliations of members should not be a consideration in making your views known to them.
www.vindicator.ca /vindicator/canVin.asp   (1166 words)

Canadians are obligated and indeed compelled to protect, house, feed and give medical care to a never-ending line of terrorist activists.
Canadians turn a blind eye to the socialists in Ottawa and they in turn push their socialist dogmas From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need."Karl Marx.
Canadians as a whole do not vote for their prime ministers so there is no need for a prime minister to impress Canadians -- only control his party.
jamesbredin.tripod.com /numberfour/id8.html   (4535 words)

 People's Weekly World - Canadians question electoral system bias
Under the Canadian “first past the post” electoral system, the candidate who wins the most votes in a constituency becomes the Member of Parliament, while those who voted for the losing candidates receive no representation at all.
Because the Canadian electoral system disenfranchises voters and distorts election results, many say it’s an important factor in discouraging people from voting.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court — addressing a court challenge launched by the Communist Party of Canada — ruled that sections of the Elections Act denying small political parties the right to appear on the ballot and receive tax receipts was unconstitutional and ordered the Federal Government to rewrite the legislation within a year.
www.pww.org /article/articleprint/4561   (663 words)

 Courses/Canadian government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
A study of the electoral system, representation and voting behaviour in Canada.
Covers such topics as the extent and nature of class awareness in politics, the impact of elite political ideologies on the mobilization of classes, regional variations in the political relevance of class structure, and problems and prospects of class-based political action.
An analysis of the Canadian political system with emphasis on the constitution, federalism, parliamentary government, and the Canadian political culture.
www.unbf.ca /arts/Poli/cangovt.html   (560 words)

 Blackwell Online - Elections
Arguing that the Canadian electoral system is truly democratic, John Courtney demonstrates its improvements over the years.
Elections assesses the history and development of five building blocks of the Canadian electoral regime: the franchise, electoral districts, voter registration, election machinery, and plurality voting.
Arguing that on balance the Canadian electoral system is truly democratic, John Courtney demonstrates its vast improvements over the years.
bookshop.blackwell.co.uk /bobuk/scripts/home.jsp?action=search&type=isbn&term=0774809183&source=3246541172   (292 words)

 CBC News: Put electoral reform in hands of people: NDP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The average Canadian isn't even bothering to vote, said Layton, who added that the election of a Liberal minority government also signals voter dissatisfaction.
He says electoral reform is a high priority and that he's already been in talks with the other opposition leaders on the issue.
Hundreds of Canadian and NATO soldiers in Afghanistan bid a solemn farewell to one of their own on Friday as the body of Master Cpl. Jeffrey Walsh was sent home.
www.cbc.ca /story/canada/national/2004/09/01/ndp_040901.ht   (800 words)

 Elections-Canada.com: Ethics in Politics toward Democracy and Social Justice
The enactment of such laws that is in clear violation of the integrity of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is reminiscent of the early days of Nazi Germany.
Indeed, the current Chief Electoral Officer has irrevocably compromised the integrity the Canadian electoral system, as his Office continues to unconstitutionally sabotage the Cosmopolitan Party of Canada application.
Trudeau had championed the very system of rights which is now being undermined by the Liberal government, in association with the Office of Mr.
www.elections-canada.com /wmview.php?ArtID=2   (609 words)

Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Women in Politics: Becoming Full Partners in the Political Process (Ottawa: Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1987).
Twiss, "The Impact of Electoral Redistribution and Re-allocation of Seats on the Party System," paper given to the Canadian Political Science Association (May 1978).
Gerald L. Caplan, The Dilemma of Canadian Socialism: The CCF in Ontario (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973).
www.chass.utoronto.ca /~clarkson/courses/pol211y_bib.html   (12248 words)

 Beyond.ca - Car Forums - Canadian Electoral System
If 90% of Canadians vote for one party, and 10% vote for another, there is no way that there should be 10% of the seats allocated to that party which received 10% of the vote.
Also, I was reading an article on CBC's website, where they examined a hybird system of the "first past the post" and proportional representation type electoral system.
Where 2/3 of the seats in parliament would come from the "first past the post" system, and the other third allocated to the political parties from the percentage of the total vote they receive.
forums.beyond.ca /showthread.php?threadid=66807   (984 words)

 ANNUAL EDITIONS - Canadian Politics 5e
The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the national museum of human history that is dedicated to promoting understanding between the various cultural groups that make up Canadian society.
Environment Canada is a science-based government department whose business is helping Canadians live and prosper in an environment that is properly protected and conserved.
Canadian Foreign Policy is one of the leading Canadian journals of international affairs.
www.dushkin.com /online/get-isbn.mhtml?isbn=0072365579   (859 words)

 The Voyageurs: Canadian Soccer Supporters - term papers
Just finished a paper on the canadian electoral system and what could possibly improve on it.
I can't go to sleep now because I've got class in less than two hours and this is the best part I can't even sleep after that because I have another paper already late on land based sources of marine pollution and the maritime law governing it.
The only thing worse than writing term papers is applying for jobs while unemployed.
www.canadian-soccer.com /forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6469   (123 words)

 Canadian Polity, The: A Comparative Introduction, ...
Introduces students to political analysis, the fundamentals of Canadian government, and the study of comparative government.
It begins with an overview of the nature of government and politics, considers basic political processes and behaviour, and concludes with an assessment of the Canadian polity.
Discussions of American and British systems are included to place the Canadian system in a broad perspective.
www.prenticehall.ca /canbooks/phc_0137547633.html   (197 words)

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