Confused by electoral reform? Join the club; even the Electoral Reform Committee doesn’t know what they’re going to propose. That said, you can still learn about the broad types of voting systems and the pros and cons of each. Try these primers from The Current or Samara. If that whets your appetite, you can learn more from organizations dedicated to reforming Canada’s voting system such as Fair Vote Canada and LeadNow's VoteBetter campaign. Then, tell our MP what you think.
Good government is founded on prudent planning and rational, evidence-based decision-making. It needs to engage with, and be responsive to, the concerns of all Canadian citizens. The critical first step is an end to first-past-the-post voting, an end to false majorities, and the creation of a voting system that ensures all Canadians have a voice in our government.
The Green Party is the only party committed to ending whipped votes. MPs from the other parties in Parliament routinely face whipped votes – they must vote the party line or face punishments, such as not being allowed to speak in the House or even being thrown out of the party. Green MPs will be free to put their conscience and their constituents first.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks with Peter Mansbridge about democracy, C-51, climate change, taxes, trade and much more.
The Green Party platform is a plan for all Canadians, for our democracy, our economy, our communities – our future. It is a plan for safe, happy, fulfilled and enriched lives. It is a plan to help those in need, to support small business and to grow local communities. It is a plan filled with optimism and conviction, not fear and the status quo. We hope it will inspire you to join us, and to vote Green on October 19.
Do you know someone who has given up on voting? Lost faith in the political process? Decided that all political parties are the same? Are you that person?
Unlike most other parties, Green Parties around the world share common values as expressed in the Charter of the Global Greens. The policies of the Green Party of Canada are based on six fundamental principles.