Democratic Deficits? Equality and Representation in Canadian Politics


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 312-316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Equality is a critical element of Canada’s representative democracy, yet it is one that our electoral system faces critical challenges in delivering.

In principle, Canadians are governed under notions of voter equality, “effective representation” of diverse communities, and equal treatment of political candidates. However, the chronic under-representation of women, racial minorities and Aboriginals in our elected institutions, alleged voter suppression tactics, and electoral boundaries that dilute the votes of some Canadians suggest we still have far to go in making these ideas a practical reality.

At this workshop, we will hear from academics and practitioners about the sources of under-representation and unresponsiveness and propose solutions for greater equality and fairness.  

Registration & program:

This event is being held in conjunction with the Trudeau Foundation's 10th Annual Conference and Electoral Law: The Virtuous or Vicious Circle of Theory and Practice.

Conference Partners:

  • Trudeau Foundation
  • McGill University
  • Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
  • Institute of Parliamentary and Political Law
  • Queen's University
  • Institute for Research on Public Policy

We acknowledge the generous financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.