Next step: proportional representation

– Fair Vote Canada

• After an election in which 9,093,630 (51.8%) votes went nowhere, Justin Trudeau has a golden opportunity to bring a more democratic voting system to Canada.

Liberals won a majority with 39.5% of the popular vote and more than half of all voters were unable to cast an effective ballot. They now will wait another four years to have the opportunity to elect a representative aligned with their values – or not.

Fair Vote Canada’s executive director declares, “Given the distortion of the popular vote, Trudeau must ensure Canadians will have equal and effective votes in future elections. Never again should we face a one-party, one-man government elected by a minority of voters. We urge you to work with all parties and enact voting rules for a true and modern representative democracy in time for the next election.”

Canadians voted for change. This election was a referendum on the last false-majority government. They coalesced their votes around a promise to end first-past-the-post voting and an opportunity to have a truly democratic voting system that will make all our votes count – only proportional representation can deliver on that promise.

“We urge you, as a top priority for the new government, to establish right away a multi-partisan task force bringing together pro-reform citizens and experts. We are calling on you to design a voting system for Canada in which every ballot delivers equal representation and trust that this process will not seize on a quick fix that favours only centrist parties,” says Jennifer Ross, FVC Caucus Chair for Liberals for Fair Voting.

In total, 51.8% percent of Canadian voters cast votes for losing candidates – with the riding of Pierre-Boucher-Les Patriotes-Verchères casting the most ineffective votes: 71.3 percent. A system of proportional representation could reduce that number to as low as five percent.

All parties are hurt by the outcome of winner-take-all elections across the country: 93.88 % of Green Party Voters couldn’t elect a representative. 76.78% of Bloc Voters couldn’t elect a representative. 74.5% of NDP voters couldn’t elect a representative. 50.98 % of Conservative voters couldn’t elect a representative. And, 33.49% of Liberal voters couldn’t elect a representative.

Under a proportional system, the seat count would be:
LPC: 134. CPC: 108. NDP: 67. BQ: 17. GPC: 12.

In September, over 500 Canadian academics, including several Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, 29 Canada Research Chairs and two professors with the Order of Canada, called on all political parties to work together to bring in a proportional electoral system.

Fair Vote Canada and its supporters are asking Justin Trudeau to be brave. We are asking him to lead and put the country and its citizens before his party and build a representative democracy where all Canadians have the opportunity to equally participate in the governance and policy making of our country. We hope he will seize this opportunity to build a country where every citizen is heard, where diversity is respected and where representatives of a popular majority rule. A democratic country. A country we can all proudly call Canada.

Fair Vote Canada is a multi-partisan citizen’s campaign, representing 62,000 Canadians advocating for voting system reform. FVC promotes an introduction of an element of proportional representation in elections at all levels of government and in civil society. Source: www.fairvote.ca

2 thoughts on “Next step: proportional representation”

  1. This is all practically irrelevant in the political process.
    What is relevant that there exists a huge disconnect between common people in Canada and their representatives in the Parliament.
    When elected these guys do nothing in the interests of Canadian populace but rather start working in the interests of the government and corporations.
    The usual reason is bribery and extremely difficult process to oust a failed an MP from his office (thanks to the useful law that these people brought in).
    Practically they represent themselves and their pockets, and consider parliament as a very lucrative business.
    Well, they are just humans…
    As long as this system is in place, all attempts to change our life to the better addressing and relying on MPs are doomed.
    You can email/call them appealing to their morals and responsibilities before Canadians – all this just doesn’t work when somebody puts a big envelope into their pocket…
    That’s why our life becomes more and more expensive, our currency losses its purchasing power, our government piles a huge debt, our country is polluted with GMO, and most importantly is our life becomes much less secure after the government started reckless immigration and military policies.
    We definitely don’t need more of the same like the article suggests.

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  2. I hope we will get PPR, because when people have to compromise that is a good thing (in my opinion).

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