With last week’s stunning news that the province intended to take away municipalities right to consider ranked ballots, we reached out to multiple politicians who had been at the forefront of adopting ranked ballots, or, in Burlington’s case, beginning the process of public consultation. Mayor Marianne Meed Ward generously made herself available for a long interview on the importance of municipalities being able to make their own decisions on subjects like local democracy, and discusses some of the wider context of the need for municipalities to be allowed to be responsible to their voters. Mayor Meed Ward also answered our
Dave Meslin has been the most prominent voice encouraging the adoption of ranked ballots in municipal elections, something that both Burlington and Mississauga are currently considering. His book “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up” is an essential look at both the massive systemic problems with how our democracies currently work, and the well established solutions that already exist, if we can only have the courage to adopt them.