Author Topic: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform  (Read 1285 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform
« Reply #75 on: February 16, 2017, 06:55:17 pm »
FPTP is all about parties gaining a majority in Parliament in order to dictate to other Canadians what a minority want. I suggest you revisit your opinion on electoral reform.
Actually no. Under FPTP there are 308 contests where an MP is chosen each election. These MPs then get to vote on which one of them should be the prime minister and fill the various cabinet posts. Parties have no official role in the existing system. They only show up because individual MPs recognize that associating themselves with a "brand" increases their chances at the polls.

We could reform the the system to disallow many of the things that parties have created to unofficially preserve the power of parties. But you don't want that. You want to double down and make parties the central component of our electoral system. Which is why I say you need to give your head a shake if you claim to dislike party politics while insisting that it be entrenched in the electoral system. PR means party politics on steroids.
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