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David Herle Examines Inaccuracy of US Primary Polling in Policy Options article

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David Herle Examines Inaccuracy of US Primary Polling in Policy Options article

In a campaign where some of the polling has been spectacularly wrong, David Herle offers an appraisal of what he has termed the biggest crisis in the polling business since "Dewey defeats Truman" in 1948. He credits the unpredictability of the campaign to, among other things, new media platforms such as YouTube and the "Obama effect."


By IRPP, Canada.


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The immigration debate in Quebec will determine whether Jean Charest's government survives

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The immigration debate in Quebec will determine whether Jean Charest's government survives

"Reasonable accommodation" is an apt description of Premier Jean Charest's style and approach to politics since he was first elected to the House of Commons 24 years ago. And his reasonable and accommodating style is one reason why he has survived so long in the tangled world of Canadian and Quebec politics. It is ironic that as he begins the year with his survival once again a question mark, the phrase "reasonable accommodation" is becoming significant in the ongoing Quebec debate about his future, and Quebec's. The issue has already scarred several of Charest's opponents.


By IRPP Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.


The Paradox of Compulsory Voting: Participation Does Not Equal Political Knowledge

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The Paradox of Compulsory Voting: Participation Does Not Equal Political Knowledge

Voter turnout has been in decline in Canada since the late 1980s. In the decades following the Second World War, there was an average turnout for federal elections of approximately 75 percent; during the past two decades, however, the average percentage has dropped to the low 60s. Similar drops are being witnessed in most other established democracies. There is also mounting evidence that this phenomenon is having a variable impact on our society — the largest voter turnout decline is among young people.


By IRPP, Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.


Government Failure in Canada, 2007 Report: A Review of the Auditor General's Reports, 1992-2006

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Government Failure in Canada, 2007 Report: A Review of the Auditor General's Reports, 1992-2006

The discussion of the limitations of government and subsequent government failure is wholly absent from debate in Canada where, unfortunately, we still assume that governments act benevolently and without institutional constraints. That this is not true is plain to see in the pages of the reports of the Auditor General of Canada, which provide concrete evidence of the existence, and the extent, of government failure in Canada.


By Fraser Institute, Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.