Proxy voting is a form of voting whereby some members of a decision-making body may delegate their voting power to other members of the same body to vote in their absence, and/or to select additional representatives. A person so designated is called a “proxy” and the person designating him or her is called a “principal”. Proxy appointments can be used to form a voting bloc that can exercise greater influence in deliberations or negotiations. Proxy voting is a particularly important practice with respect to corporations; in the United States, investment advisers often vote proxies on behalf of their client accounts.
Below are downloadable links to documents that discuss the formation of a Canadian Proxy Party; looking at guidelines on how to establish an Electoral District Association, as well as the strategies and top priorities for the party.
- Electoral Reform
- Trends of Social Capital in Canada
- Social Capital as a Health Determinant
- Measurement of Social Capital: Reference Document for Public Policy Research, Development, and Evaluation
- The politics of voting: Reforming Canada’s electoral system
- Fair vote Canada
- Democracy Watch