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Preparing for the May 9, 2017 Provincial General Election:
Managing a Successful Democratic Event

with Dr. Keith Archer,
Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia
Friday, February 3, 2017
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Keith Archer
Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia


Participants must register to attend: Register here


WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x7854


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.



How fair are elections in Canada? Why do young people vote infrequently and what can we do about it? Is the system of voting in Canada broken, and if so, how can it be fixed? Is internet voting likely in the future? These are very real concerns and this one-day workshop gives you an opportunity to discuss them with British Columbia’s current Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer.

This workshop will cover topics such as how elections are run in Canada (and how they can be improved); youth electoral disengagement (and what can be done about it); drawing electoral boundaries (and the meaning of effective representation); transparency in electoral financing (and why this is so important in democracies). We’ll also discuss whether our current method of running elections, and of voting, are outdated, and whether major changes are (or should be) forthcoming.

Go beyond the basics and dig deeper into economic, political, and procedural underpinnings of elections. Also, what kind of electoral reform is under consideration at the federal and provincial levels in Canada, and what are the prospects for reform?

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