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Democracy means more than referendums

Re: "Imagine what a real democracy would bring us," (The Hill Times, Letters to the editor, Jan. 10, p. 9). Letter-writer Bruno Marquis makes three mistakes in his call for more referendums. The first is that voting on an issue does not make it democratic. Real democracy requires informed voting. That's why citizens of ancient Athens were required to attend the debates before voting and why political parties don't allow people to sign up and immediately vote in their candidate selection.

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Democracy means more than referendums

Re: "Imagine what a real democracy would bring us," (The Hill Times, Letters to the editor, Jan. 10, p. 9). Letter-writer Bruno Marquis makes three mistakes in his call for more referendums. The first is that voting on an issue does not make it democratic. Real democracy requires informed voting. That's why citizens of ancient Athens were required to attend the debates before voting and why political parties don't allow people to sign up and immediately vote in their candidate selection.

  

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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