Monday, May 16, 2011

On mandates

Following up on this post, here's another interesting tidbit from Angus Reid's post-election polling:
In addition, almost two out of three Canadians (and British Columbians) favour "mandatory voting" like in Australia.
Which makes for a striking finding, considering that somewhat less than two-thirds of Canadians actually voted in the absence of an obligation to do so. But it also suggests that the mandatory debate happening elsewhere may have some resonance with the general public - and also suggests that despite the Cons' efforts to paint even minimal compulsory contributions like the long-form census as being beyond the pale, the current public mood may in fact support greater government action to ensure public involvement in shaping our country's direction.

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