Neither this government, nor any other, has the moral right to change the electoral process without prior consultation through a referendum approved by the voters. As it is, after all, the people whose sovereign power of election is the essence of any democratic system.
Calgary MP Jason Kenney asked why the government would not commit to a referendum — something three provinces, British Columbia, Ontario and P.E.I., had done when proposing a change to the way elected representatives are chosen.
The 37-year-old was elected to the provincial legislature in 2011 for his Brampton, Ont. riding, Bramalea-Gore-Malton, after narrowly losing a bid for a federal seat that year to Conservative Bal Gosal.
LONDON – After a bitter and bruising race, the Labour party’s Sadiq Khan looked set Friday to become London’s new mayor and make history as the first Muslim to lead a major Western capital.
Austria’s governing coalition was thrown into turmoil by the Freedom Party, a nationalist force that took the most votes following a campaign that played on discontent with the handling of the refugee crisis.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives have suffered humiliating losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative für Deutschland. (AfD) party in three key state elections.
Fico, a leftist whose anti-immigration views are in line with neighbours Poland and Hungary, took 28.7 percent of the vote, far ahead of others but less than around 35 percent predicted in opinion surveys, results from 91 percent of voting districts showed.
Barring a miracle, Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals are facing the real threat of being trounced in the next provincial election in 2018.
Indeed, the Progressive Conservatives under new leader Patrick Brown may easily wind up forming a majority government.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no interest in replacing Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system with one designed to favour the Liberal party.
Rather, he says he wants a system that makes the country’s democracy stronger.