13 Out Of 10 People Are Bad At FractionsPosted on April 30th, 2011 by Matthew Friesen
Nowhere is that more obvious than our electoral system. In Canada we have a “first past the post” system. This means that even though a party may have less votes than an different party they can still form the government because they have won more seats. It’s a pretty weird system. What it boils down to is this: because nobody has upgraded our election procedure since 1867, who you vote for is not who you get. Kind of like trying to make a casserole after your kid has ripped all the labels off the cans in your cupboard.
The Green Party has long promoted the concept of proportional representation. This system basically grants a party seats based on the percentage of the vote that the party gets. It’s just like the “Top 10 at 10” that Power 97 does. Enough people call in, and we get to hear Airborne’s latest single. If Power 97 ran it in as a first past the post, some idiot would probably have us listening to another neauseating Nickleback song. Again.
So, if proportional representation is such a good idea, why hasn’t it been enacted? That’s a good question. You should ask your MP, when they get elected. Ask your candidate now, before the election. I suspect it’s because the two largest parties in this country feel it would not be in their best interests to have the public represented accurately. It’s an acid test, really. If your party of choice isn’t promoting proportional representation, they don’t have your best interests at heart.
To be honest with you; I have no idea where the other parties stand on the matter. I will promise you that if elected, the Green party and I will introduce electoral reform.
We really do have your best interests at heart.