Canada's Electoral System and Constitution
can accommodate Public Participation
The Public Participation Initiative does not propose any major
changes to our Electoral
system, our Constitution, or our Justice system. The Public
Participation process simply seeks to add a new mechanism to
allow citizens direct input into the legislative process - and
ensure that input must be considered and responded to during
the legislative process.
It's About Time! (and Technology)
The Canadian democratic model was developed in Britain in
1688, when the only way to
get an idea to the capitol was through long and arduous travel.
Citizens would elect someone to travel by horse and buggy to
express their will. A perfectly good system considering the
technology at the time.
But since then, powerful interests have taken control of our
legislative process and those in most industrialized countries.
Now technology is available to let citizens communicate directly
and immediately with our governments. Direct citizen involvement
can weaken the control of rich and powerful interests.
The Swiss and Direct Democracy
In Switzerland, Direct Democracy has been in practice for
over 100 years.
We have links to more information about the Swiss government
Currently the top two cities in the World in which to live are
in Switzerland. www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html
If you would like to help with this initiative, we need
contacts in as many ridings as possible to set up riding associations
and identify potential candidates.