Tug of party leash is strong for MLAs learning the ropes

By MARK COFFIN Most people know what it feels like to start a job when you’re not quite ready. To make it, you need a...

First MLAs are marginalized, then they get marching orders

By MARK COFFIN and LOUISE COCKRAM As we pointed out in our introduction to this series, exit interviews with former MLAs are a valuable tool. After they...

Mining the exit interview for political gold

It's not often citizens get a candid look at the political process. In fact, modern politics is so tightly scripted that we rarely ever...

Why we need an Open House in Nova Scotia Politics

There are plenty of ways to find out what is happening in the Government of Nova Scotia, but the most interesting findings rely on...

Think hybrid: can we have our ranked ballots and proportional representation...

Written by Ian Sherman Living as I do in rural Cape Breton, my very strong feeling is that we’ll never see our largely rural...

The opposite of representation is exclusion

Guest Blog by Antony Hodgson Anyone who watched last year’s film ‘Selma’ about the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 will not...

Solving for first past the post: what’s wrong with that?

Guest Blog by Katelynn Northam I remember distinctly the moment when I realized how broken our voting system is. It was the night of the...

Electoral reform is not about revolution, it’s about evolution

Written by Jesse Hitchcock  In ecology, we talk about ecosystems - groups of organisms living together and interacting with their environment. Ecosystems are perfectly engineered...

Bill Black: Are majority governments good or bad?

Guest Blog by Bill Black A core question when considering proposals for new voting systems is whether majority governments are good or bad. I think they...

The nature of systems is to resist change

Written by Michael Chender Changing something as embedded as our voting system is a big undertaking.  In fact, as any of us who have worked...