DEMOCRACY WATCH LAUNCHES VOTER RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, CALLING FOR REPRESENTATIVE, ELECTED, AND HONEST GOVERNMENT
Tuesday, November 27, 2001
OTTAWA - Today, on the first anniversary of the 2000 federal election, and as Elections Canada releases its legislative reform proposal report, Democracy Watch launched its new Voter Rights Campaign.
The Voter Rights Campaign aims to change Canada's voting system to ensure representative, elected, and honest government. Hand-in-hand with Democracy Watch's current Money in Politics Campaign, which aims to democratize Canada's political finance system, and Government Ethics Campaign, which aims to strengthen ethics rules and enforcement, the Voter Rights Campaign sets out measures that will make Canada's governments more citizen-owned and citizen-driven.
"Canada's current voting system and federal government structure effectively violate the fundamental democratic principles of one-person, one-vote, representation by population, and free and fair elections" said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch. "Many changes are needed to have a voting system and government that respects the rights of voters to have their votes count equally, and to have representative, elected and honest government."
Among the undemocratic aspects of the current voting system and federal government structure are as follows: one political party usually forms a majority government after winning support from only a minority of voters; the Senate is appointed, not elected; and political parties and governments can make fraudulent and misleading statements with no accountability.
Democracy Watch's Voter Rights Campaign calls on all Canadian governments, especially the federal government, to enact the following measures:
"Many Canadian governments are unrepresentative, dishonest and too unaccountable" said Conacher. "Canadians deserve to have changes made so that their democratic rights are respected and Canadian governments become truly citizen-owned and citizen-driven."
A discussion paper on voting reform and Action Alert has been posted on Democracy Watch's Voter Rights Campaign webpage.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator
Tel: (613) 241-5179