Voting System

Elections Canada

Not Much Fairness in the "Fair Elections Act"

On Tuesday, Canada's Minister of Democratic Reform finally tabled the "Fair Elections Act," claiming it is designed to protect the fairness of federal elections. The reforms do little to address the inherent and institutional unfairness in Canadian elections. I am not referring to the electoral distortions perpetuated by the winner take all, First Past the Post System that produces "majority" governments. I am referring to the explicit bias towards political parties in Canada's election financing laws.

A Fix for Gerrymandering? Real Electoral Reform

The answer to the problem of majority rule by the minority is to achieve electoral reform so that the electoral system is sound enough to itself produce a truly representative government. In the last election, the electoral system awarded 53.9 per cent of the seats to a party that won only 39.6 per cent of the votes cast, and allowed that party to form the government.

Would You Vote if $25 Was on the Line?

Here in Canada, voter turnout at the federal level has been declining since the late 1980s and is now just over 60 per cent. There are those who would object to mandatory voting, on the principle of allowing people a free choice. But is it conceivable that a fine poses such a significant threat that it can produce such wonderful results?

Would a More Fair Voting System Have Changed Alberta's Election?

Monday's election results in Alberta demonstrate once again the strange outcomes that our First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) voting system can create. A difference in vote percentage between 43 per cent and 34 per cent leads to 61 v.s. 17 seats for the PCs. How many distorted election results of this kind do we need to see before we admit we need a change to our voting system?