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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.


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 Canada, in English speaking countries, and French speaking countries.
  • The major distortion is vote splitting, which allows representatives that the majority doesn’t want.
  • Strategic voting shows how important this is to voters.
  • There are two different models of democratic consensus. In ours, consensus comes from voters, not parties.
  • Preferential voting empowers voters who have minority views, not parties.
  • There are three components to complexity. Overall least complex is Two Round Systems.
  • Preferential systems preserve the benefits of single-member ridings.
  • Preferential voting has great support and it is the system most likely to increase in support.


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