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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

The Politics of Electoral Reform: Canada in Comparative Perspective

with Dr. Lawrence LeDuc,
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Date and time
Date & time

May 28-29, 2018
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where
Where

Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Sir George Williams Campus

Cost
Cost

Participants must register to attend: Register here

Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible

Yes

Speaker(s)
Speaker(s)

Dr. Lawrence LeDuc
Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Contact
Contact

WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x7854, x5473

For nearly a century, there has been an active debate in Canada on the issue of electoral reform at both the federal and provincial levels. Following the 2015 federal election, the Trudeau government began a new initiative and an all-party House of Commons committee was appointed to study the issue and to make recommendations.

In this workshop, we will consider the questions of representation and democratic accountability that have driven the debate in Canada as well as the structure of past reform attempts in several provinces and the related issue of Senate reform. We will also examine the characteristics of alternative electoral systems and the merits of various unicameral and bicameral institutional models. Particular attention will be given to countries such as Japan and New Zealand that have accomplished fundamental reform of their electoral systems, and the processes employed in those cases that have led to these outcomes.




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