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.

Growing Black Political Participation in Canada

Although we have witnessed political gains in Canada, there is still an under-representation of Black people elected to office and at senior decision-making tables in government. Greater political participation among Black Canadians can occur once the community is empowered with the information, tools, and resources that are accessible and tailored specifically to the Black community.

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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. 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.

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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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Trudeau breaks promise to change voting system in time for 2019 election

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections. Citizens for Public Justice said in a press release: “Our electoral system must address the needs of the most vulnerable in Canadian society and ensure that everyone can contribute to our democratic system. A system of proportional…

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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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