There are several additional areas where our electoral system would benefit by significant alterations. The following subjects will need to be elaborated as we proceed, but, briefly, they are:
1. GENDER BALANCE, at least in the Senate.
2. ABORIGINAL REPRESENTATION, again, at least in the Senate.
3. URBAN AND RURAL REPRESENTATION. Both populations constitute important parts of our social, innovative, environmental, and agricultural composite that makes up Canada. It is important to hear the perceptions and opinions of all groups.
4. MANDATORY VOTING. Each person voting in the most recent previous election, will be credited with five dollars on the income tax return.
5. CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES. These will likely be altered in both the parliament ridings and the Senate ridings. Considerations to be taken into account will include population, political history, and eco-geographical congruence.
6. VOTING MACHINES. These machines will be programmed to read paper ballots, calculate the distribution of votes, and provide a summary of the results quickly and accurately. The algorithms that power these machines, will be open-source and available for experts from all parties to examine the workings therein. In addition, because they will be reading paper ballots, there will always be a paper trail to reconcile any differences or conflicts.
Are these goals reasonable in our modern world?
Are they achievable?