The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The long march to electronic democracy is becoming easier, but it is not without its potholes. The recent Crossing Boundaries conference showed how adoption of the Internet into governance could radically change our Parliamentary system. Several of the speakers cautioned that public servants could take on a greater policy role than originally intended. Safeguards must be implemented that will ensure that elected officials keep responsibility for policy while the bureaucrats handle the administrative duties. Others opined that political parties themselves may be doomed to extinction. While that seems unlikely (or overly optimistic), there can be no doubt that partisan activities have changed. At one time, politicians who crossed the floor to join another party could kiss their careers goodbye. Now switching party affiliation is a political Napster. Indeed, in the 1997 federal election, every major party ran candidates who had been MPs for other parties and all but the Bloc Québécois had erstwhile members seeking election under another partisan banner. But just as important as establishing the proper roles for politicians and public servants is finding the correct place for the electorate. Informed debate requires an informed populace. The danger is that the Internet would be used as an interactive version of talk radio, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Governments must be more overt in their dealings with voters. Citizens must have access to background studies that justify the actions the politicians propose. The news media, academics, and other interested groups must provide reasoned analysis of all the data available. This advance to a brave new world of democracy will not be cheap. Access will have to be increased to eliminate the digital divide while people will need more instruction on how to use interactive tools. Governments will need more people to provide the data and respond to citizen requests. But the costs of ignoring the new realities are even more daunting.