Marie Lemieux

Research Intern

Marie Lemieux

Marie Lemieux is a rising junior majoring in Honors Political Science and minoring in Religion and Globalization at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests lie in democratization, election reform, international relations and quantitative work. She became interested in election reform following the 2015 Canadian Federal Elections. On campus, she is the Editor-in-Chief of the McGill International Review Academic Journal and the undergraduate student representative on the McGill Senate Committee on Libraries. Following this internship, she will write an academic paper supervised by one of her professors expanding on the research she will have performed over the summer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her goddaughter, following the news and traveling.

Posts by Marie Lemieux

Closing the American Democracy Voter Engagement Gap Using Innovation

Posted on July 21, 2017

As the Pence-Kobach commission begins in the heart of the nation’s capital, Americans’ trust in their democracy is at an all-time low and has been declining in the past decade. As of May 2017, only a fifth of the American population believed “they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right”. This bleary statistic both translates and is caused by a lack of engagement in the democratic process, as American citizens slowly stop engaging in institutions that do not seek to represent or include them. This is why states and non-partisan organizations throughout the country, like FairVote, are finding ways to engage voters in American democracy to restore their trust in the electoral system.

Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

Posted on July 18, 2017

On May 27, 2017, Andrew Scheer, the Member of Parliament for Regina-qu’Appelle was elected as leader for the Canadian Conservative Party at the end of a thirteen month-long leadership race. The format of the leadership contest, ranked-choice voting (RCV), allowed a consensus candidate to emerge out of many controversial candidacies in order to represent a broad base of Conservatives. Scheer’s predecessor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned following the Conservative Party loss in the 2015 federal elections. Following his resignation, the party appointed Rona Ambrose, a caucus member and former Minister of Health, Environment and Public Works, as interim leader until the permanent leader was appointed by the party’s members in a leadership contest.

Legislative Elections in France: Wave of Change, Same Distortion

Posted on June 28, 2017

Due to the historically low turnout and the distorted results, Macron’s party “En Marche!” has not received a stable mandate. Thus, he, along with his party, must find a way to collaborate across party lines to accomplish his policy goals and reform the French political system.

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