A big part of Good Governance is civic engagement. What do you think? Are Canadians active participants in democracy? Does our government make it easy to participate? Do we have a thriving democracy?
Over the past decade Sustainable Calgary has contributed to a national indicators project called the Canadian Index of Well-being. The CIW composite index including 64 indicators in 8 domains. Civic Engagement is one of those 8 domains.
So how does the CIW define Civic Engagement?
Five indicators show an improving trend:
Percentage of Canadians not interested in politics at all Down 31.1%
Percentage of women in parliament Up 24.5% (2010)
Percentage fairly satisfied with democracy in Canada Up 18.5%
Percentage that strongly agree it is a duty to vote Up 10.8%
Ratio of registered to eligible voters Up 6.7%
Three indicators show a deteriorating trend
International Development Assistance as percent of GDP Down 20.9%
Percent voter turnout in Federal elections Down 11.8%
Percent with a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Parliament Down 2.6%
Overall the Civic Engagement domain shows a 7% improvement since 1994.
What do you think? Are these indicators you would choose for the Sustainable Calgary State of Our City Report? This Saturday, March 16 have your say.
If you are an experienced engaged citizen bring your experience to the table.
Not so much? Here’s your chance! Be part of the Solution!
“Democracies do not run on autopilot – they are only as vibrant as the level of participation by our citizens.” CIW 2012 Report. To view the CIW Report click here