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The Informed Citizens' Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law / Le Guide du citoyen averti aux élections: Faire campagne selon la règle de droit
By: Richard Balasko, B.A., M.A., Gregory Tardi, B.A. (Hons.), B.C.L., LL.B., DJur.
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Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law – Special Issue Revue de Droit Parlementaire et Politique – Numéro hors-série

Go behind the ballot box for a look at the ins and outs of enforcing election rules and promoting voter engagement. Gain in-depth knowledge of how elections work in Canada in this broad expert overview, co-edited by a former Chief Electoral Officer and the Executive Director of the JPPL. The Informed Citizens' Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law sets out all the elements involved in conducting elections in Canada in a collection of articles written by key Canadian and international experts in election law. A special issue of the Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law (JPPL), this collection is interdisciplinary in approach, examining topics ranging from women in politics and ethical frameworks in electioneering, to polling day processes and designing campaign platforms. Where appropriate, references are made to election law and court judgments. Each article deals in-depth with a different aspect of the electoral system:

  • Election Administration
  • Voters
  • Political Parties
  • Campaigning
  • Campaign Finance
  • Election Ethics
  • Elections and the Media
  • Case Studies in the Field of Elections
  • Application of Election Law
  • International Aspects
About the Author
Richard Balasko, B.A., M.A. became Manitoba's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in 1990 after gaining 10 years of electoral experience as deputy chief electoral officer and serving as executive assistant to Canada's Chief Electoral Officer. He served on the 1998 and 2008 Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission and was secretary to the commission in 1988 and 1978. As CEO, Mr. Balasko has been accountable for the conduct of five provincial general elections plus by-elections as well as ongoing accountabilities under The Elections Finances Act. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Manitoba, Mr. Balasko has received a Master of Arts in Canadian Politics at the U of M and completed Ph.D. Course work in International Relations and Canadian Politics at Queen's University in Ontario. He has provided international electoral assistance as a United Nations training facilitator and an election observer in a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Central America.
Gregory Tardi, B.A. (Hons.), B.C.L., LL.B., DJur., is Senior Legal Counsel in the Office of the Law Clerk and Senior Parliamentary Counsel at the House of Commons in Ottawa. He provides advice on constitutional law and on the law and custom of Parliament to the Speaker of the House of Commons, to the Board of Internal Economy, to all Members of the House of Commons, and to the House Administration. Mr. Tardi has worked in various capacities for several government departments, including the Privy Council Office, the Department of Justice, and Elections Canada. Mr. Tardi teaches at the Faculty of Law, McGill University and has lectured throughout Canada and the U.S. He has published several books and dozens of articles.
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