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Ontario Makes a Move Towards Democracy

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Section: Canadian News Geography: Ontario Topics: democracy

November 21, 2004

Ontario Makes a Move Towards Democracy

by Shella Gardezi

The democratic system in Ontario is going to become more accountable, but
Democracy Watch says new rules don't go far enough. The Ontario Minister for
Democratic Renewal, Michael Bryant, announced moves to fix the date of
elections, restrict government advertising leading up to elections, and give the
auditor general powers to report on debts and deficits. The government also
plans to consult with the public on changes to the political donations
and voting systems.

Democracy Watch has produced a list of things they would also like to see,
including citizens' associations, ethics legislation, more access to information, and
a change in the voting system that would reflect the popular vote.

» Democracy Watch: ONTARIO GOVERNMENT TAKES FIRST STEPS TOWARD DEMOCRATIC REFORMS, BUT MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

» Canadian Press: Panel of Ontarians to consider revamping of province's electoral system

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