No need to add to the oh so long list of departments and agencies of the Canadian government to reform Canada’s “democratic institutions.” Let’s use what exists.
Two of Elections Canada’s mandates are:
- conduct public information campaigns on voter registration, voting and becoming a candidate
- carry out studies on alternative voting methods and, with the approval of parliamentarians, test alternative voting processes for future use during electoral events
Based on these, it’s not a stretch for this agency to gather information from Canadians on how to improve elections.
Once we have this information, its important for the federal and provincial governments to work out proposed reforms. Enter The Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat (CICS) (another existing agency) that is paid by taxpayers to “provide the administrative services required for the planning and the conduct of senior-level intergovernmental conferences” can ensure that the process unfolds properly.
The next step is the approval process, which would include a national referendum administered by Elections Canada.
There you go. Canada’s civil service: making better use of what Canadians already pay for.
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