Senator Marilou McPhedran, one of the so-called 'activist' Senators, recently sent out a letter to her Senate colleagues asking them to support a new initiative towards a more just and inclusive Canada. She wants to table a bill to lower the federal voting age in Canada from 18 to 16 years old, as soon as possible, when Parliament returns to regular sittings.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured at that day's media briefing on May 7, 2020. The PM’s failure to replace Canada’s archaic first-past-the-post system with a more representative voting model, still stands as his biggest broken promise, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—Not everyone might agree on the fix, but most Canadians would admit that democracy is ailing in Canada.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.