Democratic Reform

CPJ believes in a well-functioning Canadian democracy that promotes public engagement. This includes reforming our electoral system to better reflect voter intentions, establishing clarity on political engagement of charities, and renewing our parliamentary process.

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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

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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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What to do with the Senate?

What to do with the Senate?

Canadians are fed up with the scandals, spending irregularities, and other scurrilous activities of the members of our Senate.

During the federal election, the question of Senate reform has received heightened attention. But moving beyond the current public disgust with senatorial misbehaviour, what reforms are desirable and realistically possible?

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Thank you!

Thank you, your submission has been received! CPJ is producing the 2015 Election Bulletin as a special additional issue of our award-winning magazine, the Catalyst. As such, we have incurred additional costs. Yes! I can help CPJ with a special donation for this important work!  

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Elections Canada

The Moral Case for Fair Elections

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on details such as campaign financing, advertising and even the increasing use of electronic campaign tools. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.

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CPJ’s backgrounder & position paper on Electoral Reform

April 2009
CPJ has long advocated for electoral reform, engaging with the electoral system and its implications for politics from the very beginning of its work. CPJ believes that introducing proportional representation to our electoral system would make it fairer for the representation of views, respecting the reality of pluralism.

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Submission to the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

Fair, Proportional, Effective: The Need for Electoral Reform in Ontario

January 31, 2007.

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CPJ for proportional representation

CPJ Submission to Public Consultation on Electoral Reform

May 2003
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CPJ has a longstanding belief that our current “first past the post” system of political representation is fundamentally flawed and should be replaced by a proportional representation model. 

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