Should Canada Use A Fair Electoral System?

898 WordsNov 23, 20154 Pages
Over the years Canadians have headed to the polls to cast a vote for a candidate, in presumption that every vote counts and that Canada has a fair electoral system. Despite those beliefs, are the results of an election a reflection of what Canadians voted for? Does Canada use a fair electoral system? The issue whether the Canadian government should change its first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral voting system has been widely debated over the years. It is an important issue because it concerns each and every Canadian that is able to cast a ballot. Even though the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system is a fast, simple and easy system to use; the Canadian government should adopt a new electoral system because the first-past-the-post (FPTP) system uses an unfair seat to vote share, it generates wasted votes and it alienates minority parties. A common outcome of the FPTP system, or also called winner-take-all system is the unfair seat to vote share. Unlike other voting systems where political parties receive seats in proportion to the votes they win, the FPTP system means that one party can get elected with small amounts of support (Hill, 2002). The only thing that matters is that a candidate receives the most votes compared to other candidates in a riding to become a winner. Even if a party has a significant popular vote support across the constituencies, yet if that support is distributed among a large number of ridings that party might have almost no representation in the House
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