Democracy in Canada

creating a future for our democracy

Shopping for Votes – A New Manual for Power Seekers – Book by Susan Delacourt
reviewed by Crawford Kilian, The Tyee, October 7, 2013

Since we are not likely to see a leaders’ debate on democracy between now and the next election we could stage a debate with some of Canada’s best satirical comedians playing the parts of our leaders, each debate inviting new comedians to play the four characters we have to choose from with different questions about the future of our democratic government.

Democracy Dialogue

The Decline of Canadian Democracy
Joseph Heath, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
from the The Forever Campaign, National Post, August 8, 2015

Let’s Talk About Voting – Vote BC
from Stefania Seccia, Vancouver 24 Hours, August 4, 2015

BCCLA Warns Voting Rights are Under Threat
from Stefania Seccia, Vancouver 24 Hours, August 5, 2015

On another note

Canada is Missing in Action at the United Nations
from Omar Aziz, Globe and Mail, August 12, 2015

Why Democracy

Strengthening Canadian Democracy

Canadians believe in democracy…
But, trust in the way it works is fraying.
77% of us wouldn’t have it any other way.
But, many feel left out…
62% of people feel ignored by government
Only 57% of Canadians believe Canada is being governed democratically

The Strengthening Canadian Democracy initiative seeks to increase the number of Canadians who identify as democracy champions. By exchanging best practices with democratic engagement practitioners and sparking conversations about why our democracy matters among all Canadians, we are working to increase the resiliency of our democratic system.
Canada is a nation built on democracy.

Democracy is facing a period of volatility around the world. Canadians believe in democracy, but are losing faith in the system and those who lead it. Canadians are committed to democracy but feel that the system is not working for them and that their frustration with the system stems from feeling unheard and unable to effect change.

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue has launched its ‘Strengthening Canadian Democracy’ project to increase the number of people committed to democratic values and actively participating in our democracy. The Centre is researching what is driving views of democracy and what is shaping our democratic culture for better or for worse. We are working with practitioners and citizens to move the needle on democratic commitment in Canada.

Strengthening Canadian Democracy
Democracy Dialogue

Strengthening Canadian Democracy – SFU – PDF

Securing Canadian Elections – Canadian International Council- PDF