Mr. Stephen Garvey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Democratic Advancement, hosts the May 30, 2013 FDA Webinar on Canadian Democracy and the Way Forward. The Webinar is based on the 2013 FDA Electoral Fairness Report on the Canadian Federal Electoral System, in which Canada received an unsatisfactory overall score of 64.49 percent. The podcast contains an excerpt from the FDA Webinar, in which a participant with longtime Canadian political experience shares her thoughts on the political conundrum facing Canada, and the way forward. The participant believes that the Canadian political establishment is de-politicizing Canadians and that the Canadian political process is archaic and has lost all purpose and meaning. She proposes that the only way forward for Canadian democracy is for Canadians to politicize not just at elections but between elections through activating and supporting grassroots politics and social organizations including independent political candidates who are deeply invested in their communities and who have the better societal solutions than the typical politician. According to the excerpt, the predicament of Canadian politics has become so dire, the big party politicians themselves have lost any meaningful say due to the global economy and its influences, and the tight grip of large, established parties on their elected members. This podcast may be a wake up call to Canadians to activate against an irrational and destructive political system. For non-mainstream, insightful, and provocative discussion from people working in the field of international politics, listen in or download the FDA podcasts.
The FDA next webinar "Media Freedom and Democracy" is on June 12, 2013.
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