Participatory democracy

Participatory democracy is one of the six principles of the Green Party of Canada.  In short, it means “All voices should be heard”.

We strive for a democracy in which all citizens have the right to express their views, and are able to directly participate in the environmental, economic, social and political decisions which affect their lives; so that power and responsibility are concentrated in local and regional communities, and devolved only where essential to higher tiers of governance.

This requires

  • individual empowerment through access to all the relevant information required for any decision, and access to education to enable all to participate
  • breaking down inequalities of wealth and power that inhibit participation
  • building grassroots institutions that enable decisions to be made directly at the appropriate level by those affected, based on systems which encourage civic vitality, voluntary action and community responsibility
  • strong support for giving young people a voice through educating, encouraging and assisting youth involvement in every aspect of political life including their participation in all decision making bodies
  • that all elected representatives are committed to the principles of transparency, truthfulness, and accountability in governance
  • that all electoral systems are transparent and democratic, and that this is enforced by law
  • that in all electoral systems, each adult has an equal vote
  • that all electoral systems are based on proportional representation, and all elections are publicly funded with strict limits on, and full transparency of, corporate and private donations. that all citizens have the right to be a member of the political party of their choice within a multi-party system

3 responses to “Participatory democracy”

  1. george sawision writes:

    when it comes to democracy how do you deal with illegal voters who basically vote without being a lawfull resident? How do you enforce promises from electoral representatives who knowingly give false representation such as has been done by the ndp?

  2. shahid karim writes:

    I am working with NGO based on cereal crop improvement on participatory approaches. Related to that matter I request you please inform me latest technology about.

    We working on wheat, maiz and buck wheat and oats.

  3. Charlie Halpern-Hamu writes:

    We’re in an urban area, and so I don’t very much about farming.

    You may already know about these links:

    International Institute of Rural Reconstruction

    Participatory technology development

    As the world evolves, it will be wise if we in urban areas get more involved in our own food production, instead of relying solely on long-distance transport.

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