Author: Dave Brekke

DEMOCRACY FOR CANADA

Executive summary, September 23, 2015

DEMOCRACY FOR CANADA

by Dave Brekke
1 Canada’s current, “First-Past-The-Post” electoral system (FPTP), has often resulted in election of governments that represent the needs, wants and values of less than half of the voters.
2 Probably because of this, the system has disengaged Canadian voters to such a degree that in the last federal election, only 61% of eligible Canadians voted. (Elections Canada, 2011).
3 The Preferential Ridings Proportional (PRP) system proposed here would make Canada a more inclusive and representative democracy. PRP would allow almost every vote cast in an election to have some impact on the resultant legislative body.
4 PRP is a hybrid system that incorporates elements from Canada’s present riding-based system, but includes both preferential voting, and proportional representation.
5 The development of the PRP system is based on what people interested in improving our electoral system said they wanted in a new system.
6 The PRP system reorganizes the country, province or territory into ridings roughly twice the size of our current ridings, each electing a single representative using preferential voting.
7 The other half of the representatives will be elected to Proportional Seats to give representation to voters who did not vote for the winner in their riding.
8 The allocation of proportional seats will reflect relative popularity of the Parties in geographically coherent “Electoral Areas.” The proportional representatives will be usually the most successful unelected candidates from their Political Party within the electoral area.
9 The effect of the allocation of proportional representatives will be a parliamentary distribution of seats that fairly represents the distribution of political opinion among voters.

Thank you, Dave Nash, for adding the very important component ‘equality of votes’ to
the PRP combination electoral system.
Video – 5 minutes – “Do you want your vote to count?” https://goo.gl/NLlVbg

Fair representation for all political parties in all elections

This Preferential Ridings Proportional, PRP, electoral system offers a change to a welcome break from the present excessively abusive governance of false majority governments. A false majority government has less than half the votes yet more than half the seats which gives it 100% power and need not be accountable nor transparent.  A false
majority government is not elected by the voters. It is elected by the present First Past The Post, FPTP, electoral system. One political party is over represented in the House, which causes other parties to be under represented without a balance of power. Though all the votes are counted in an FPTP election, approximately half the votes do not count, because only votes for winning candidates count. When I became aware of the ineffectiveness of the present system, I found it hard to believe that Canada does not have truly representative democracy.

If you want your vote to count when you vote with your heart and mind, you probably would like to see change to a system with proportional representation, PR. At this time, only Thomas Mulcare, Leader of the NDP Party and Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party have declared themselves to make change to the system. Elizabeth May was the first present leader to call for making almost all votes count in elections. Thank you Elizabeth.