LISPOP director, Andrea Perrella, is featured in a Research Matter’s “Curiosity Shop” about voting. In it, Dr. Perrella answers the question: Why don’t young people vote. You can view the video here.
There appears to be increased interest in municipal politics. This is possibly due to a combination of Rob Ford’s antics as well as the coming Ontario-wide municipal elections. But it may also be due to some recognition that a lot of politics is now taking place at the municipal level.
Opinion-Policy Nexus has posted blog entries that cover various topics related to municipal politics. Here is a summary of the most recent:
- Dr. Zachary Spicer, a post-doc at the University of Toronto, sheds light on homeowners as a particular segment of the electorate that is more likely to vote in local elections, and thus, more likely to weigh heavy on decisions made at the municipal level.
- Dr. Robert Williams, Professor Emeritus at University of Waterloo, provides some commentary on electoral reform at the municipal level.
- Dr. Christopher Alcantara, an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of LISPOP, was interviewed by CBC Radio on the role of municipal-level political parties and the specific (and contentious) topic of Light Rail Transit for Waterloo Region.
Interest may abate after the municipal elections, but there are reasons to believe otherwise. Over several decades, municipalities have acquired more and more responsibilities. Naturally, more and more researchers, students and commentators, not to mention voters, follow with greater awareness of the impact municipalities have on people’s lives. Also, municipalities are now more closely tied concrete issues that have typically animated “higher level” politics, such as employment and taxes. All of this suggests local politics will play a larger part in our general political discourse.
Published Feb. 3, 2013, on CTV News.
LISPOP Associate Barry Kay discusses the second federal Liberal leadership debate. He discusses the challenges facing current Liberal candidates and how the format of the debate did not allow for meaningful selection between candidates. One of the biggest problems the liberal party is facing is that there are too many candidates saying the same thing without any genuinely new ideas.
Published Jan. 20, 2013, on CTV News.
LISPOP Associate Chris Cochrane discusses the first of five Liberal leadership debates. He discusses the challenges for the Liberal candidates and the party. One of the biggest questions to ask is how the less dominant Liberal party will position themselves against the Conservatives in the future.
The Confederation Club hosts Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, for its monthly luncheon Dec. 13, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Kitchener Delta Hotel.
Bricker’s talk is called The Big Shift: The seismic change in Canadian politics, business and culture.
The center of gravity in Canada is shifting westward. As you move from east to west unemployment is lower and economic and population growth is higher.
Published Dec. 1, 2012, on 680 News.
LISPOP Associate Dr. Jasoy Roy, discusses how to increase turnout rates at the polls.
Published Nov. 8, 2012, in The Waterloo Record.
How did this happen, in a country where the pre-election debate seemed to be dominated by extreme right-wing candidates?
Part of the answer, says Barry Kay, Wilfrid Laurier University professor of political science, and an expert in dissecting American and Canadian elections, lies in demographic changes. The loopy right-wing rhetoric we heard in the headlines was out of touch with the belief of today’s Americans.
“There’s an inevitability to this,” he said. “America’s changing. Younger people’s values on these issues (such as gay marriage) are so different” from that of older people.