More Democracy... or Less?

An analysis of how Canada chooses its leaders.

Interview by Joel Trono-Doerksen

Posted October 15, 2019

Royce Koop, head of the Political Science department at the University of Manitoba, sat down with Canada’s History intern Joel Trono-Doerksen to discuss the recent article written by Christopher Moore about the 100th anniversary of the Liberal Convention where the party leader was chosen by members and not the caucus.

In this interview, they discuss the process of choosing a party leader, whether the system we have now is more or less democratic and how other countries choose the leaders of their parties.

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The article “The Ballots Question,” written by Christopher Moore, is featured in our October-November issue of Canada’s History.

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