Proportional Representation

Candidate Blog: Enacting Proportional Representation

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael D. Nicula

Enacting PR this way would represent the strongest voters action against the political establishment, in Canada and abroad. It would set a precedent and send a message to the elected officials everywhere: listen to your voters or else the voters will override you!

The 'First Past the Post' Elections System Doesn't Work for Canada

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael D. Nicula

At first this plan may sound like a gimmick. It seems too simple. But that is what makes it more likely to work if a vast majority of voters understand it and support it. The big parties will certainly try to discredit it so they can preserve their grip on power, but the Social Media power can overcome that.

Time to Talk About Proportional Representation Again, B.C.

Doug Bailie | Posted 07.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Doug Bailie

British Columbians, both voters and politicians, who care about democracy need to start talking about electoral reform again. A minority of voters elected a B.C. Liberal majority government. Here's one way Legislature can one day be reflective of the people you see on the streets of every city, town and village across the province.

Proportional Representation (PR) For Canada - And Above All Alberta

Werner Patels | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Werner Patels

Only PR will prevent the same ridiculous, and undemocratic, scenario from playing itself out over and over again, where the PC party gets to claim it won a "majority" when, in fact, only 21% or so of all eligible voters voted for it.

2012: Winners and Losers of Canadian Politics

Ryan Painter | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ryan Painter

The jet lag has passed and the Christmas decorations (for some of us at least) are put away in storage. With 2013 stretching out before us, let's reflect on the year that was 2012 in Canadian politics. The best and worst political stories, the best and worst politicians and the biggest sellout.

The Voting System That Canada Needs (and Deserves)

Omar Alghabra | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

Currently, MPs only need to better their opponent by one vote to get elected. In the last general election, the Conservatives won 39.62 per cent of the popular vote but gained 53.90 per cent of the seats. There have been many discussions on how to fix that apparent unfairness. A more practical proposal would be a preferential ballot system.

Proportional Representation Is a Waste of a Vote

John Pepall | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada Politics
John Pepall

Proportional representation's advocates invented the concept of the wasted vote, claiming that votes for losing candidates are wasted, and that under PR "every vote counts." But ultimately there is no decision. And that surely is a waste of voting.

NDP Liberal Merger or Proportional Representation?

Hassan Arif | Posted 08.21.2011 | Canada
Hassan Arif

Both the Liberals and NDP could benefit from a merger, but the NDP are hoping to take the Liberals' place as Canada's centre-left alternative while the Liberals are hoping for a comeback. What's problematic is that a merger would reduce our political choices. That's where electoral reform comes in.