Political voice measures the percentage of Winnipeggers who volunteered for a political party, attended a public meeting or purchased a product for ethical reasons.
Statistics Canada. (2013). General social survey – Giving, volunteering and participating.
Rationale and Connections
The percent of the population volunteering for a political party, attending a public meeting or purchasing a product for ethical reasons is an indicator of citizen’s involvement in the democratic process (by investing time in policy and issue development, political organizing, and using purchasing power to influence policy change).
Measurement and Limitations
Data for this indicator were obtained from the Canada General Social Survey (GSS). This is a national survey, and the sample size is quite limited. Data for some years are suppressed, and the remaining figures should be used with some caution.
Statistics Canada. (2010). Caring Canadians, involved Canadians. Retrieved fromhttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/71-542-x/71-542-x2009001-eng.pdf
Statistics Canada. (2013). General social survey – Giving, volunteering and participating. Retrieved fromhttp://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=4430&Item_Id=144100&lang=en