News: Democratic Reform

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views from CPJ on democratic reform by reading the articles written by CPJ staff and citing CPJ’s work.

Participating in Democracy

Wondering how you can work towards a more representative democracy in Canada? Read more from CPJ’s 2019 federal election guide on democratic participation.

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No Rest Stop on the Misinformation Highway

As the 2019 federal election approaches, Canadians must be more vigilant than ever in safeguarding our democracy against the spread of misinformation.

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Should Canadian voters be concerned about populism?

Canadian voters will select a new government in a few months, joining nearly 2 billion citizens around the world participating in elections this year.

Amid this historic moment in time, appeals to the “everyday” citizen have been widespread, as candidates around the world have attempted to present themselves as the sole representative of the disenfranchised.

But when political leaders claim to be “for the people,” research shows that there can be legitimate reasons for voters to be concerned about the state of democracy.

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2019 Federal Election

CPJ’s 2019 federal election bulletin features analysis and questions for candidates on four major policy areas: democratic reform, poverty in Canada, climate justice, and refugee rights.

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A Voice for All – Why Voting Reform Matters

For those of us who were hoping that British Columbia would become the first jurisdiction in Canada in modern times to move away from our divisive, unfair and exclusionary way of voting, December’s electoral reform referendum loss was a bitter disappointment.

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Election

Broken electoral reform promise dismaying: CPJ

Faith group has long called for proportional representation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON: February 1, 2017 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) is dismayed to learn today that the Trudeau government has abandoned its promise to enact proportional representation in Canada.

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Electoral system must be more accessible

CPJ encouraged by committee’s call for greater voter participation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, ON: December 1, 2016 — Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) was encouraged to see today’s report from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform include a call to promote greater voter participation. “Any changes to Canada’s voting system must also be coupled with…

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Faith and the way we vote

From the Catalyst, Winter 2016

A similar version of this article was published by ChristianWeek.

Canadians are eager to see changes to our electoral system – and soon. That was the promise made by the Liberals during the last campaign. 

But what does our Christian faith have to say about the way we vote in Canada?

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Faith in Our Vote

A Public Justice Case for Proportional Representation 

Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

October 2016

Download the Brief

CPJ recommends that the Canadian government adopt a system of mixed-member proportional representation (PR) that is effective, legitimate, engaging, accessible, inclusive, and representative.

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Take Action: Democratic Reform

Join CPJ in calling for electoral reform in Canada!

Add your voice to Lead Now’s Vote Better campaign calling on Prime Minister Trudeau reverse his decision and keep his promise to introduce a proportional representation system for Canada.

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