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123 Canada’s submission to the Electoral Reform Committee

Canada’s electoral reform committee has asked individuals and groups to present briefs. Here is 123 Canada’s brief. submission-to-erre-from-123-canada Highlights are: Among the hundred witnesses and panelists the committee allowed, virtually none were preferential voting experts. We propose 3 alternatives: A) Optional Preferential Voting, B) Two-Round System, C) Reforms in case the electoral system is unchanged. Preferential voting is mainstream in…

Who Would Benefit From Preferential Voting?

Is there any truth to the claim that preferential voting would result in more majority governments for centrist parties? The evidence seems to point to the opposite conclusion, fewer majority governments and no benefit to centrist parties. Both in Australia with Alternative Voting, and in France with two-round voting, two forms of preferential voting, centrist parties have not been successful. The…

Extremist Politics

What do Jean-Marie Le Pen, Nigel Farage, and Marine Le Pen have in common?  All three are or were leaders of major anti-immigrant parties.  All three have repeatedly tried and failed to get elected in their country in single-member districts.  And all of them keep on being easily re-elected to the European Parliament, which uses multi-member districts. In fact, Jean-Marie Le Pen…

Principle E: Local Representation

On May 10, the government released its principles for electoral reform. In this series we are looking at those principles one by one. (e) Local representation: that the proposed measure would ensure accountability and recognize the value that Canadians attach to community, to Members of Parliament understanding local conditions and advancing local needs at the national level, and to having access…

Principle D: Integrity

On May 10, the government released its principles for electoral reform. In this series we are looking at those principles one by one. (d) Integrity: that the proposed measure can be implemented while safeguarding public trust in the election process, by ensuring reliable and verifiable results obtained through an effective and objective process that is secure and preserves vote secrecy for…

Principle C: Accessibility and Inclusiveness

On May 10, the government released its principles for electoral reform. In this series we are looking at those principles one by one. (c) Accessibility and inclusiveness: that the proposed measure would avoid undue complexity in the voting process, while respecting the other principles, and that it would support access by all eligible voters regardless of physical or social condition; Complexity…

Principle B: Engagement

On May 10, the government released its principles for electoral reform. In this series we are looking at those principles one by one. (b) Engagement: that the proposed measure would encourage voting and participation in the democratic process, foster greater civility and collaboration in politics, enhance social cohesion and offer opportunities for inclusion of underrepresented groups in the political process;…

Principle A: Effectiveness and legitimacy

On May 10, the government released its principles for electoral reform.  In this series we are looking at those principles one by one. Principle A: “Effectiveness and legitimacy: that the proposed measure would increase public confidence among Canadians that their democratic will, as expressed by their votes, will be fairly translated and that the proposed measure reduces distortion and strengthens…

The Criteria for a New Electoral System

The Special Committee on Electoral Reform has been defined and we couldn’t be happier. All the criteria point clearly to a Ranked or Preferential Voting system and practically rule out a number of others. Here are the official criteria: (a) Effectiveness and legitimacy: that the proposed measure would increase public confidence among Canadians that their democratic will, as expressed by…