Review of “Electoral Reform Proposal Failures in Canada”
The author Lawrence Leduc is a political science researcher at the University of Toronto. Aside
from this article, he has written many other scholarly critiques about the political system in
Canada. From the very beginning, it is evident that Leduc’s academic credentials confirm his
strong background in politics. In other words, readers would appreciate his expertise on the topic
and might potentially use the article as an academic source. This review will seek to analyze
the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s arguments and evaluate its significance to potential
The main argument that Lawrence Leduc tries ...view middle of the document...
In his argument, he provided a clear and concise
history of why electoral reforms occurred. According to the evidence, it was clearly shown
that proposals like the Law Commission of Canada were ignored by the Canadian government.
Moreover, the graph that he provides, indicated that there was a decline in voter turnout
beginning in the late 80’s and early 90’s. At this point, the reader can understand why Canada’s
political system needed an electoral reform. Another issue he addresses is explaining what
the Law Commission of Canada was. The reader will enjoy how applicable electoral reform
proposals are to the multiple streams model. The streams model theory explains that when a
new administration takes over, it can either advance or destroy your policy window. This is
how Leduc emphasizes why the Law Commission of Canada’s proposal had failed because the
Liberal administration was no longer in power. Finally, the reader will admire the brief analysis
of a few provinces that reiterates his original argument of lessons learned in Canada. Although
Leduc provided information from the 90’s and early 2000’s, he does not mention much from
the other decades. Another issue was that he focused heavily on the provinces and could have
elaborated more on the federal government.
The second part that provided compelling arguments was when he talked about the Citizens’
Assembly in Ontario. He gave a detailed description of how the Liberal government was not
interested in the actual assembly and it was just a PR stunt to appease the public. This supports
his second main argument of how politicians fear electoral reforms as they pose a threat to
their power. Similar to the Law Commission of Canada, the reader can relate the topic of the
Citizens’ Assembly to the issue of senate reform. Both are difficult to accomplish because of
the partisanship in politics. Furthermore, Leduc clearly explains why the...