Let's define Direct Democracy as the right of citizens to hold referendums on any issue -- as well as to veto legislation.
In practice the details can and should be tailored to suit the needs of your own town or country.
The mechanisms are simple, but the implications of the different process are far-reaching.
In 1991 83% of BC citizens voted for citizen-initiated referenda, in a referendum that was part of the BC Election. In 1999 we still do not have referenda. Why not? Read on.
Beedham (below) says "Democracy in the 20th century has been a half-finished thing. In the 21st, it can grow to its full height".
We say that Direct Democracy is to the 21st Century what the Magna Carta was to the 13th Century.
All communications and suggestions for improvements are welcome to:
Canadians for Direct Democracy
Web Page updated on June 16th, 2002
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