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A woman celebrates after the final result was announced in the Irish referendum to liberalize abortion laws in May 2018. The referendum followed an Irish citizens’ assembly on the issue. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

What Canada can learn from Ireland on citizen engagement to bolster democracy

As Canada’s nearest neighbour grapples with serious attacks on democracy, a fresh approach to citizen engagement in Canada is an exciting prospect, worthy of serious consideration.
Low voter turnout in recent Canadian elections sharply illustrates how the public is disconnected from political institutions and their representatives. How can they be re-engaged? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Power to the people: How Canada can build a more connected and responsive Parliament

Problems with party politics abound, largely driven by the fusion of executive and legislative powers that enforces party discipline. Here’s how to get the public more involved.

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