Canada Electoral System Advisory

Canada receives failing grade for electoral fairness in global study

Canada received an overall score of 25.75 per cent in electoral fairness in a global study being
conducted by the Calgary-based Foundation for Democratic Advancement (FDA). Areas of analysis
included fairness in electoral spending, equality of voter say, equality of candidate and party
influence and equality of media coverage. A group of diverse and non-partisan electoral auditors
rated each section out of 10 points in terms of fairness.

Key points gleaned from the study:

Canada scored lower in electoral spending than the Tunisian dictatorship under Ben Ali.
Canada scored only 23 per cent for equality of political content from the media.
Study shows that freedom of expression is restricted by finance laws that favour dominant
parties.
Study shows that there is severe inequality in the media and favoring of parties that were
previously successful.
Canada’s only passing grade of 60 per cent is in equality of voter say.

Media contacts:

Stephen Garvey, Executive Director
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 669-8132
Email: stephen.garvey@democracychange.com

Aurangzeb Qureshi, Director of Marketing
Foundation for Democratic Advancement
Phone: (403) 390-9750
Email: zeb.qureshi@democracychange.com

About the FDA:

The Foundation for Democratic Advancement (“FDA”)’s mission is to advance fair and
transparent democratic processes wherever elections occur. The FDA believes that fairer
electoral systems and a more informed public will help ensure the election of candidates
who truly represent the will of the people. The FDA fulfills its mission by performing detailed
electoral audits on political candidates and parties to inform the public, objectively and
impartially, about their electoral choices. Also, the FDA audits electoral legislation in terms
of fairness and equity, and conducts ground level assessments of democratic processes.

2011 FDA Global Electoral Fairness Report on Canada

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