Ranked Ballots for Canada

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Is floor crossing legitimate?

The recent decision by Leona Alleslev to change political parties two years after being elected has caused some people to question whether this change is legitimate, that is to say whether voters elect an individual or vote for a party.  Those who are loyal to their political party in particular are convinced that everyone votes for the party, not the person. …

Current Ontario Elections Shows Why Preferential Voting Is Needed

The current Ontario election is a perfect situation demonstrating why preferential voting is needed. The polls show that this election is not about which candidate or government voters want, it is about which one they do not want.  According to a recent poll, a third of total voters, and half the voters for candidates of one party are voting only…

Preferential vs Proportional, why can’t we all get along?

As an organization, 123 Canada tries its best not to criticize those who support proportional representation, and we don’t think that there is anything inherently wrong with wanting more proportional election results.  It’s simply not high on our list of priorities. However, mathematics is unforgiving, and there are few electoral systems that guarantee more proportionality without going in the wrong direction on the…

Who Should Decide Who Forms The Government?

Two recent elections in proportional representation electoral systems illustrate a major difference between those and single-member plurality or majority systems. New Zealand spent a month without knowing who would form the government.  Candidates of the National Party won 41 of the 71 electorate seats and Labour won 29.  New Zealand First won none.  However, compensatory seats are awarded to parties who…

Statement by 123 Canada regarding the April 3, 2017 byelections

123 Canada, the national non-partisan electoral reform organization, wishes to congratulate all candidates, volunteers, and voters who took part in the five April 3, 2017 byelections. This is a rare day in Canadian electoral history: every riding has a true majority.  Welcome to the House of Commons, Bob Benzen, Stephanie Kusie, Mary Ng, Mona Fortier, and Emmanuella Lambropoulos, who at the time of writing all seem headed…

Fairer elections without changing the electoral system

As the only major electoral reform organization who also proposed what to do to make elections fairer if the outcome of the process was no change to the electoral system, 123 Canada didn’t view a change to the electoral systems as an all or nothing proposition. Our alternative proposal has something for everyone, whether their preference is preferential, proportional, or…

Open Letter to Karina Gould About Mydemocracy.ca Survey Results

Dear Minister Gould, We would like to assist in interpreting the results of the mydemocracy.ca survey. The survey was a very useful tool for understanding what Canadian voters wish for in their electoral system and in their Parliament, despite its flaws. Many commentators have said that the survey results contain contradictions. We disagree. They only seem like contradictions to those…

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…