October 17, 2017
Toronto, ON – With municipal elections in Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, PEI, and the Territories just one year away, it is a good time to look at the way we vote. Is it in need of reform? In a new paper released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Professor Aaron A. Moore demystifies the municipal electoral system. He looks at the pros and cons of various reforms so that proponents for change, supporters of the status quo, and those simply wishing to expand their knowledge of democratic institutions may be better informed about the potential for reform and its consequences.
“Despite often simplistic discussions surrounding changes to electoral systems, no single change will address all the problems in the existing system,” says Professor Moore. “Although change can improve voter turnout and alter electoral outcomes for the better, change can also introduce new and unintended problems.”
Among others, Professor Moore comments on the following questions about possible reforms:
About the Author
Aaron A. Moore is a Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science in the University of Winnipeg, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of City Planning at the University of Manitoba. Aaron has published a book on the politics of urban development in Toronto, and articles and book chapters on urban planning, municipal governance, municipal elections, urban public policy, and public-private partnerships.
About the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG)
The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance is a research hub and think tank that focuses on the fiscal and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions. It is located within the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
For more information, please contact:
Selena Zhang | Manager, Programs and Research
Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
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