What was the best moment in Canadian democracy in 2010?
On Friday the folks at Samara, a charitable organization dealing in citizen engagement, released the results of a poll they launched back in December. Samara asked their blog readers to name “the best moment in Canadian democracy in 2010,” trimming the responses they received down to five that they put to a vote.
The top response, and the best moment in Canadian democracy last year, was the anti-prorogation rallies in January, which received 36.6 percent of the vote.
The rallies were followed by the Milliken ruling on Parliament’s right to access documents on Afghan detainees (23.0 percent); the election of Calgary’s Naheed Nenshi as Canada’s first Muslim mayor (21.1 percent); the anti-HST petition in BC (11.8 percent); and the debate over the long-form census (6.8 percent).
“Love or hate the result,” blogger Alison Loat noted, “together the moments do indicate that growing political apathy has not totally defeated citizens’ engagement in this country, particularly if a government decision annoys them. They also point to the growing importance of social media in our democracy, a trend that may point to even more civic participation in years to come.”
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