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Elections, democracy face watershed moment while society transforms digitally

By Marcos Da Silva      

What really stood out was that more than half of Canadians feel the country’s political process is broken and needs to be disrupted. The report suggested a similar number of Canadians feel the current voting and governance system leaves them behind.

According to voter turnout figures by Elections Canada, voter participation in this country has been trending downward since the early '90s. The highest voter turnouts were in the late '50s and early '60s, when turnout was over 79 per cent—the lowest on record was in 2008, when it fell to 59 per cent. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

As Canadians get set to cast their votes, the country’s electoral system and its democracy face a defining moment. As society undergoes a digital revolution, our voting and governance systems are leaving people behind. 

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