‘None of the above’ should be a valid ballot choice

Voters should be given the opportunity to say none of the options are acceptable. It could lay the foundation for a stronger democracy

‘None of the above’ should be a valid ballot choiceImagine holding an election in which no one wins. When none of the candidates meet our expectations, it’s an appealing idea. How often have each of us looked at the choices on the ballot, sighed and asked ourselves, “Is this the best we can do?” Having nothing but poor choices can lead to a sense…

Shining a light on the dark side of municipal campaign financing

By informing the public about who provided campaign support before the election, the public can watch for any favoritism after

Shining a light on the dark side of municipal campaign financingAnyone who has been involved in municipal politics – at least over the past couple of decades – has heard virtually every candidate say they support increased transparency. Why do they say this and then not follow through? Transparency makes the democratic process work better because the public can understand, and then react to the…

Time to question foreign influence on Canada’s oil debate

The Dogwood Initiative, Leadnow, and Greenpeace receive substantial funding from a U.S. advocacy group called Tides

Time to question foreign influence on Canada’s oil debateWith the kids back to school and Thanksgiving now behind us, for Canadian households the fall season brings a few things back into sharp focus. We all have bills to pay, careers to foster, aging parents and extended family (sometimes on the other side of the world) to support. And now there’s one more thing…

Small Green Party may wield big power in B.C

Voters of smaller parties are empowered disproportionately in minority governments, at the expense of the majority of voters, who tend to vote for a main party

Small Green Party may wield big power in B.CBy Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute The alliance between Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver and John Horgan, premier-designate and NDP leader, will be central to the new government in British Columbia. Political alliances, however, are not formed on good graces. Weaver has some well-publicized demands, which reportedly include official party status for the Greens…

Changing B.C.’s electoral system requires a referendum

Because electoral reform was not a major issue in the recent election campaign, the Green Party can't claim a legitimate mandate for change without public input

By Lydia Miljan and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute British Columbia’s recent election may be the last under a first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system. Why? Because the New Democrats needed the support of the Green Party to form a majority coalition, and as a condition of their support, the Greens demanded that the province’s electoral system…

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representation

Green Party policies, rejected by more than 80% of B.C. voters, could be enacted because its support is required to form a government

B.C.’s election: the perils of proportional representationBy Lydia Miljan, Jason Clemens and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., May 17, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Former U.S. president Barack Obama popularized the phrase “teachable moment” by pointing out that events, even tragedies, are often opportunities for the public to learn more about policy. The election results in British Columbia are a teachable moment for…