CIPS debate – Should Canadians be compelled to vote in federal elections?

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CIPS debate – Should Canadians be compelled to vote in federal elections?

Should Canadians be compelled to vote in federal elections?

Canadian political analysts Andrew Coyne (columnist, National Post) and Don Lenihan (senior associate, Public Policy Forum) debate whether or not Canadians should be required by law to vote in federal elections. Coyne argues that voting should be be an obligation similar to jury duty or paying taxes. Lenihan disgrees, suggesting that compulsory voting will only mask the issues that have led to decreased voter turnout over the years. This event was moderated by Ottawa Citizen columnist Kate Heartfield and organized by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies. (November 10, 2014)