Reform of the Electoral System
The single member plurality system used in all Canadian federal and provincial elections has many strengths but also reveals serious weaknesses in producing legislatures that reflect the choice of parties made by the voters. Also, recent Canadian elections have witnessed a significant fall in voter turnout, which some say indicates that structural changes are needed in order to encourage greater participation.
Electoral reform is a current issue in Canada, with the Liberal Party winning a majority in the 2015 national elections on a platform which promised that the 2015 election would be the last one held under the current voting system. The Liberals made an election pledge to introduce legislation within 18 months of coming to power.
Both the NDP and the Green Party had also made promises in their election platforms to pursue electoral reform. The House of Commons has set up a special committee to hold hearings and recommend a replacement system by December 1, 2016. In addition, all 338 MPs are "invited" to hold town hall meetings in their communities to engage the gauge the general public's views on electoral reform.
Virtually every election provides fresh fodder for calls for electoral reform, to ensure that representation in Parliament reflects the wishes of voters. The most recent election in 2015 provided the Liberals with every single seat across the four Atlantic provinces, despite about 40% of the region's voters supporting other parties. In the 2004 election, as well, the Conservatives won about 93% of the seats (13 out of 14) in Saskatchewan, even though they only got 42% of the vote.
BRAMPTON, ON (August 3, 2016) - This weekend , the Region of Peel launched a new partnership with The Salvation Army Thrift Store by opening Donor Welcome Centres at four of the Region's Community Recycling Centres (CRCs).
"We are delighted to be launching this partnership with The Salvation Army Thrift Store," says Norm Lee, the Region's Waste Management Director. "The Salvation Army Thrift Store is already very active in our community in facilitating reuse, and supporting community initiatives, but its reuse work with the Region of Peel will also help us meet the Region's 75 per cent waste diversion goal."
The Salvation Army Thrift Store Donor Welcome Centres are now accepting donations at the following Peel CRCs: