Friday, January 27, 2006

What if Canada had proportional representation?

In the wake of Canadians electing another minority government, there hasn't been as much talk recently about our "first past the post" electoral system.

That's probably because the current system seemed to work this time, at least in terms of kicking out the Liberals, but not giving the Tories an unlimited mandate.

But what if we had proportional representation?

If you're interested, you might want to check out They've looked at the results from Monday night and figured out what our electoral map would look like if we had proportioned the seats to the percentage of popular vote. It's interesting to look at the winners and the losers in that kind of a system.

Of course, if we really had PR, we might have voted differently.

There are still several provinces considering some form of PR. But in the last year, BC and PEI voters voted against the proposals in referendums. So it looks like the future of this initiative is in question.

There are those who think that the biggest obstacle to the acceptance of PR is that those who benefit the most from the status quo (the elected politicians) are the ones who will have to make changes. And so far, that hasn't happened.

This could be an interesting year. In the meantime, read some of the stuff on and make up your own mind.

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