Month: June 2018

Opinion | Canada is not your utopia

Is Canada the great democratic hope? A bit, surely, but only in comparison with weaker models. Voter turnout is low, typically under 70 percent and trending down despite a bump in 2015 on the strength of a competitive contest. Governments are formed with about 40 percent of those who show up, which means that electoral support for the governing party reflects a fraction of the popular will, and thus so does policy.