Nathan Cullen intends to hold a series of town-hall meetings in Liberal ridings across the country.
"I'd like to hear, 'Look, we misjudged, because we see this enthusiasm."
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I ask a simple question: should a party with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote control 100 per cent of the power in our democracy? There is an overwhelming consensus that the answer is "no." Democracy's legitimacy lies in its authority from the people.
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The Liberal minister says a referendum isn't the best way to engage in a discussion.
Canadians agree that the conditions Indigenous people face economically and socially are unacceptable and long overdue for change. But to start that process would require Indigenous people to be at the table to represent their concerns themselves. Here, Canada's current voting system is a key barrier.
“I don’t think the support of all the other parties is sufficient when it comes to this,” said Scott Reid.
Tories say a referendum is the way to go.
He says has no interest in replacing Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system with one designed to favour the Liberal party.
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.
Elections Canada wants to avoid the procedural errors that plagued the last election, but the changes will likely cost money and require political will. An independent report commissioned by Election...
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.
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?
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?