Author Topic: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform  (Read 1263 times)

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Offline wilber

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Re: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform
« Reply #75 on: February 16, 2017, 07:29:12 pm »
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.

The MP's don't chose a Prime Minister, the leader of the winning party becomes Prime Minister and he is chosen by unelected party members and he choses his cabinet. What you say is true in theory and that is the way it should work but nowhere near true in reality. Prime Ministers have been dumped because they have lost control of their MP's. Even when Chretien was forced out, Martin still had to win a leadership convention before he could succeed him as Prime Minister

The problem with our system is that party leaders are given too much control over elected MP's. After all, the party leader is just another elected MP chosen by party members, not elected by the country as a whole. I have never seen a PM or Premier's name on any of my ballots. My mayor on the other hand.
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