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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 3. 1965.

M.P.'s Soon On Dole ?

M.P.'s Soon On Dole ?

The Canadian University Press reports that a computer system allowing every Canadian to vote on important legislative issues could put parliament out of business.

Speaking on a radio panel discussion James Peters said questions now decided by parliament could be aired a few days before each vote by an appointed educative body. On the day of the decision Canadians could be channelled and computed in a few minutes.

"This would elevate the Canadian populace to an Athenian democracy where everybody would vote on every important issue." said Mr Peters. "We could educate the people to read about the if issues, and they could be dramatized on television."

"We think we could fix up parliament by seating 19 million people in it," agreed Ryerson faculty member Hugh Innis "We re afraid an elite is running the people."

Louis Greenspan of the Social Science Department said, however, that the proposed computer system would be hard put to solve complex problems such as automation.