Yesterday, it was the Canadian elections. The result are the the Conservative party is still in a minority but with more seats this time around. The big losers in seats are the Liberal party and ... the non-voters. Yes, only 57,5% voted versus 64,7% in the last election. Hopefully , it will take a few more years before we go again to the voting booth. 250-300 Millions is too much to pay for a short time.
Proportional election for a better democracy?
Looking at the results, I think it's time to reevaluate the current method to give seats. I believe that every vote must count and represent the overall will of the people. This would let tell to non-voters that all votes are important.
But if you would used a strait percent model, then the Green party would had won 7 seats while the Bloc Quebecois would lose many and only got 30 seats.
The method often seen is a mixed of seats reserved by % won(2/3) and by district(1/3). 308 seats are available at the federal level. Thus, 203 seats would be given based on the overall % while 105 seats would be given to district winners. Of course, the district would be much bigger.
I will take my province of Quebec for example. Currently we have 75 seats. With a proportional model, we would get 25 district seats.
Here, I'm using the 203(2/3) seats based on the overall %. I would give seats only to official parties.
The rounding would might leave some available seats. Those you go to the winning party.
Let's take Quebec results. Since it's by district, I'm dividing it my 3 to get 25 seats.
It's harder here because we did have one NDP and one Independent so I get 26 not 25 seats. The Green party did not win anything. If it would had been real elections with bigger districts, then I could had used the results.
By using Quebec, I can also show how a Quebec-only party like the Bloc Quebecois would impact the national number of seats. Instead of 50 seats, it's 37(20 +17) seats they would had won.
It also show that even if the Green party did not win any seats in Quebec, they would at least be represented since Quebec Green Party voters help them win some seat in the overall %.
The Liberal party would had lost seats in Quebec but gain on the national front.
The Conservative would had lost the most seats in Quebec and on the national front.
How they go about it would be up to them but you get the general idea.
Easy change of government?
They have strict rules so that a minority or majority government must last for the 4 years like the current Bill C-16 dictate. They must learn to play nice with each other.
If a non confident vote is passed, it would mean another election mostly with a minority government like we have again.
At 250-300 Millions per election, people are getting tired of this waste of money. The Conservative seeing the good numbers for a majority decided to go against their own bill by dissolving the Parliament one year earlier.
They were 2 things that kept them from a majority despite what other parties who will want to take the credit for that: The unforeseen economic crisis(major) and not giving more space to their candidates(minor) on the local scene.
The party that will have the guts to make this change will be the real winner.
Anyone would like proportional election or are doing that in other countries?
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