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Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

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Is there a way to consult the public without divisive rhetoric and poor-quality public discourse? When is a referendum an appropriate tool?

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Electoral reform. Harmonized Sales Tax. Transit funding. The last few years have seen British Columbians participate in an unprecedented number of referendums. The result has frequently been increased political and regional division, confused voters, and a platform for extreme ideas.

In the time of fake news, ideological biases, and the rapid spread of misinformation, voters often have difficulty finding relevant, reliable, and concise information to help them assess the policy issues that appear on their ballots. Is there a way to consult the public without divisive rhetoric and poor-quality public discourse? And when is a referendum an appropriate tool to do so?

On Thursday, January 31, from 5:00pm-7:00pm, SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue will host a community dialogue to discuss real democratic reforms happening in the United States and in Canada. Penn State University political communication professor John Gastil will share his insights on a reform that can help voters make smarter decisions in initiative elections. This event is one of the thirty events happening in 2019, celebrating the 30th anniversary of SFU's Vancouver Campus!

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