Electoral reform and how our democracy should function have become hotly-contested matters surrounding Canadian politics in the past year. With electoral reform being a major policy promise by the Liberal majority government, this episode looks to expand on the different electoral systems and the electoral reform debate as a whole that was being brought to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, which presented its report last week. Please keep in mind these interviews were conducted prior to the committee’s report being published.
Dr. Peter Loewen is Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance, as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. As a political scientist, Professor Loewen is interested in topics such as the psychology and behaviour in Anglo-American democracies, public opinion and genopolitics.
Kelly Carmichael is the executive director for Fair Vote Canada, which is a nonprofit multi-partisan movement for Canadian electoral reform. Carmichael and the organization are promoting proportional representation to replace the current system of first-past-the-post, receiving feedback and support from townhalls across Canada. Kelly Carmichael has provided testimony and insight to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, citing the gender disparities that the current FPTP system allows for. Carmichael and Fair Vote Canada believe that “only a system of proportional representation will fix the problems that citizens have identified with Canada’s dated voting system.” For more information, visit www.fairvote.ca.
Dalia Hashim, Host
Ian T.D. Thomson, Producer
Steven Lamothe & Macrina Smart, Technical Producers
Samira Basir, Executive Producer
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