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Electoral Reform in Canada—Is it needed?

Is Electoral Reform Needed in Canada?

Electoral Reform in Canada

Posted on October 9, 2021

It was a promise seen as broken from the 2015 Federal election. Then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised that if elected the 205 election would be the last First-Past-the-Post federal election in Canada. Well, he was elected with a majority and here we are two elections later—both were First-Past-the-Post.

Will electoral reform come to Canada?

The Liberals promised electoral reform in 2015 and a committee was working on it with the suggestion of taking it to the people in a referendum. That’s when the committee was cancelled. Fast forward to the 2021 campaign and late in the race, Trudeau said he was open to electoral reform, although we saw what happened last time.

There are two main forms of electoral reform: Proportional Representation and Ranked Ballot (preferential voting). The aim is to give more voice to your vote. Currently, the First-Past-the-Post system benefits the larger parties. Proportional representation is alive and working well in particular in Europe. 

Coming up on the Unpublished.cafe, we’ll take a look at the options and see whether they would strengthen our democracy.

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