electoral reform

The Minister of Status of Women on gender in politics, student leadership, and referendums

“You are the most powerful generation to have ever lived. You have the most at stake and the least voice at the table.” On Nov. 26, the Martlet had the…

Pro pro-rep

A case for fairer elections Beginning on Oct. 22, British Columbians will have the opportunity to change the way we vote in provincial elections. Electoral reform was a top federal…

Electoral reform 101

The voting systems, explained   The upcoming B.C. referendum on electoral reform presents itself as a potentially major crossroads for politics in the province. Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 30,…

Proportional representation vs. First-past-the-post

Turns out which one’s better isn’t so black and white, says UVic poli sci prof Daniel Westlake The referendum to decide on changing B.C.’s electoral system is coming up on…

EDITORIAL: Acting smug about Canada is to our own detriment

When President Donald Trump issued an executive order halting the intake of travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations on Jan. 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in response, “To those fleeing…

Trudeau is right to scrap electoral reform

More pressing matters require federal attention This article originally appeared in The Manitoban, the University of Manitoba’s student newspaper,  on Feb. 16, 2017. WINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may have reneged on an election promise…

Trudeau’s unabashed abandonment of electoral reform a disappointment

“It would be easier to do nothing and sit back and just say, ‘Okay, you know what, this worked for us, I think we can make this current system work…

‘Broken promises’ draw demonstrators for electoral reform rally

An estimated 250 people showed up to remind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he made a promise to them, at a rally in support of electoral reform on Feb. 12.…