Ranked Ballots for Canada

Parties elect their leaders with 1,2,3 ranked ballots. Let's elect MPs that way!

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…

Less of What You Don’t Like

Sometimes a vote for an MP is motivated mostly by the party that the candidate belongs to, sometimes it is mostly the individual, or a combination, but often a major motivation is ensuring that one particular candidate does not win. Each motivation for voting is legitimate, don’t let anyone tell you that you are voting incorrectly. So how easy is…