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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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Monday, September 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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