The Misrepresentative Results of the Federal Election

With our current system, first-past the post, or single-member plurality, the Conservative government secured a majority without the majority of the popular vote.  This is a systemic problem within our system that negates the views and opinions of millions of Canadians whose votes are essentially disregarded.

Consider what Canada’s federal government would look like with a system of proportional representation, a system where each vote cast is counted and represented in government.

A different Canada emerges, one where everyone’s voice is included.  Let’s talk about this!

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4 Comments on “The Misrepresentative Results of the Federal Election”

  • Meghan

    I absolutely agree that the system is not fair.
    How will we achieve a proportionally representative government?
    Do we demand a referendum?

  • Laura

    I think we need to have a conversation about it, and if we can create understanding around the issue, we should have a referendum. The UK is having a vote on this very issue tomorrow. If they vote to change their voting system, it will set a precedent for countries, like ours, who based our parliament on the British parliamentary system.

  • Heather

    Proportional representation is a great idea on paper, but would be problematic to actually implement. Canada is strongly regional, and without a representative assigned to each area, regions will feel even more neglected and alienated than they already do. One could simply assign an MP to each riding once they were elected by proportional representation, but that would leave some ridings with MPs they didn’t want in the first place, and lots of MPs without roots in the community (though admittedly, that already happens with the current system). Another option is to scrap our useless Senate, implement something that actually represents regions and has power, and then make the House of Commons one based on proportional representation. However, a complete overhaul of our system of government is never going to happen in our current public climate of inertia and apathy. It’s probably not going to happen until something happens to make our system’s flaws abundantly clear. And I honestly do not look forward to what that might be. All things considered, our system is flawed, but it’s still better than probably 80% of the world’s governments.

  • Raf

    I’m writing from NZ, where we have had the Mixed Member Proportional voting system since the mid 1990s and most people agree that it works and is more representative then FPP. There were some instability issues in the early years but now the politicians have worked out how to make stable governments for the whole term in office either through a formal coalition or a confidence and supply agreement. We get two unlinked votes; one for a party and another for a local electorate representative and to be admitted to parliament a party must attain 5% of the general vote or have at least one candidate directly elected. In many cases small parties get one significant policy/bill through parliament which they would otherwise not be able to under FPP. An MMP system would have to be tailored to the Canadian political structure, which I believe is possible. PS. Retain the upper house, we recently had a rush of legislation passed hurriedly to the detriment of good and sensible laws (since we are unicameral).

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