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The problem with the ballot

By Nelson Wiseman       

Removing party names from the ballot would encourage the political education of voters who would be incentivized to learn more about who and what they are voting for. MPs would be freer to vote their conscience or as their constituents prefer.

Deleting party names from the ballot would make party leaders more responsive to their caucus and their caucus would be less fearful of their leader. It would weaken the power of the unelected apparatchiks in the Prime Minister’s Office, pictured, and strengthen the power of elected officials, writes Nelson Wiseman. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—For decades the NDP, and before it the CCF, claimed that shielding information about election financing allowed corporations to exert undue influence in the making of public policy and awarding of government contracts. The underlying assumption in the law at the time was that elections were fought only by candidates in constituencies, not by political parties. After a federal Committee on Election Expenses which included former CCF leader M.J. Coldwell recommended bringing parties into the law, the 1974 Election Expenses Act established a regime for financing parties and elections and the disclosure of campaign expenses and contributions.

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