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Electoral reform

Seventy countries have switched to proportional voting and have found the public involvement in voting has dramatically improved. Proportional voting would make it relevant to those who don't want to vote for the two major parties. In a poll last year, 70% of Canadians support a move proportional representation.

Prime Minister’s Trudeau now has reversed his decision to procede with proportional representation."The Prime Minster claims there is no consensus." This is false. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform reached an unprecedented majority decision which was backed by the vast majority of expert testimony and public input that recommended a move to a proportional system. The Liberals own flawed survey, that did not ask which system Canadians preferred. Many voters voted liberal because of his stance on proportional representation.

Recognizing the full implications of the Trump presidency makes the Liberal's decision to gamble with Canada's democracy so frightening. By placing all their chips on the hopes of winning another false majority they leave Canada vulnerable to extreme political swings. A Canadian political party can win a majority with only 39% of the vote.

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Deadline March 1st

Making every vote count: the case for electoral reform in British Columbia

Final report by British Columbia Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform (2004)
Back in February 2004, an independent legal commission recommended to the House of Commons that Canada abolish the first-past-the-post method of electing members of Parliament, moving instead to a form of proportional representation.
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Electoral dysfunction, yet again

Greens deserved more than 20 seats - voting system also punished New Democrats, western Liberals and urban Conservatives
Once again, Canada's antiquated first-past-the-post system wasted millions of votes, distorted results, severely punished large blocks of voters, exaggerated regional differences, created an unrepresentative Parliament and contributed to a record low voter turnout.
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BC-STV

In 2005, the Citizens' Assembly in B.C. recommended that we use a better way to vote called BC-STV, a form of proportional voting.
BC-STV is a form of Single Transferable Vote, versions of which are used in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. It is a modern system designed to ensure voters have an effective voice in their government. Click on title to read more.
Please also see BC - STV Website for more information and videos.


Regional divisions will continue to deepen without real Senate reform

In a true liberal democracy, checks and balances prevent this kind of mob rule. Minorities of all kinds - including territorially-based ones - are protected. This is why, for example, little old North Dakota has the same number of seats (two) as California in the U.S. Senate. Having more people is not the only consideration in a liberal democracy. Click on title to read more.

In a true liberal democracy, checks and balances prevent this kind of mob rule. Minorities of all kinds - including territorially-based ones - are protected. This is why, for example, little old North Dakota has the same number of seats (two) as California in the U.S. Senate. Having more people is not the only consideration in a liberal democracy.

 

- See more at: http://www.newsoptimist.ca/opinion/columnists/regional-divisions-will-continue-to-deepen-without-real-senate-reform-1.9710464#sthash.cVvfiAhj.dpuf



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