“If we had proportional representation, scandals involving interference by the Prime Minister’s office in a prosecution probably wouldn’t have happened in the first place,“ says Fair Vote Canada.
No country is immune from the plague of ultra-right movements. But countries with fairer electoral systems do have some resistance. First-past-the-post offers no resistance at all.
Rod Mickleburgh, author of "On the Line - A History of the British Columbia Labour Movement," speaks to the Hospital Employees Union at their annual convention.
The Yukon Government now has a survey up asking Yukoners to state their electoral preferences. Here's how a "Made-in-Yukon" electoral system would work.
Minority outcomes result in more cooperation in our politics. Parties have to put together governing alliances or coalitions that, in combination, reflect the majority of voters.
Much rides on the continuation of an unfair electoral system like first past the post. Many influencers see real democracy as a barrier to their aspirations.
The sensitivity of our first-past-the-post system to small shifts in voter preferences leads to hyper-partisan behaviour and increases the incentives to engage in dirty tricks and wedge politics.
Polls show Doug Ford's Conservatives winning big in Ontario. A majority victory would not be all his doing, however. It would largely be a product of the electoral system.
Electoral reform is not going away and, despite the broken promise federally, has considerable momentum at the provincial level. British Columbia, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island are moving forward.
On October 4th, the British Columbia NDP announced that in the fall of 2018, British Columbia voters will be voting in a referendum on proportional representation. Get involved.