Last week, I had the privilege to judge The Political Science Students' Association's Political Science Games! The Political Science Games is an academic competition that pit 18 teams of McGill's best and brightest against one another in a two-part contest featuring a case competition on electoral reform and a European Council simulation
I spoke to LeDevoir about Québec Solidaire here
I like experimenting with different electoral systems to vote for issues outside of conventional elections as well. Several years ago, I helped organize a tool to inform the public about the various electoral systems that exist in the world to elect state leaders, and to collect data on voters’ behaviour under these systems. The study focused on the election of the next Pope. Last year, I was involved in two exciting projects. For Vote Foot, participants around the world were able to choose the best football player using 3 different voting systems. It was a very fun experience. You can check it out here: https://votefoot.org/. I conducted a similar study with Daniel Stockemer (Ottawa) at the time of the Eurovision contest in which people were invited to vote for the best song under two different voting systems. Elections are ubiquitous, they are not confined to politics, and there is much to learn about how people vote in different types of elections.
December 8, 2016: I did an interview about the MyDemocracy.ca survey with Kady O'Malley from the Ottawa Citizen. You can read it here. #ERRE
November 30, 2016: This semester I taught a course on electoral systems. As the Special Committee on Electoral Reform gears up to announce their recommendation, my students offered a suggestion of their own: mixed regional compensation. Semra Sevi and I wrote a summary of their report for IRPP / Policy Options. You can read it here.
On October 7 2016, Minister Stéphane Dion invited me to give a talk to Saint-Laurent residents on Electoral Reform.
October 19, 2016: Filip Kostelka and I wrote an article for IRPP/ Policy Options on how Canadians rate the state of our democracy . You can read it here.
October 17, 2016: I wrote an article in The Globe and Mail explaining why proportional representation does not seem to produce greater voter happiness. You can read it here.
October 3, 2016: Semra Sevi and I wrote an article on the importance of hearing from young Canadians on electoral reform for IRPP / Policy Options. Check it out here
I was recently in Ottawa to talk about electoral reform as part of the Big Thinking speaker series organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. You can watch the conference here.
I was asked to be an expert witness at the ERRE (The House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform) on July 27 2016. You can watch my appearance here. The transcript of my presentation is below.