Thursday, March 1, 2012

Freedumb Arguments Against Proportional Representation

This article barely scratches the surface when it comes to proportional representation versus first-past-the-post, and it has only one source.

The fact is that proportional representation whether a closed list or open list will allow greater representation of the popular vote in elected assemblies. Also, it will prevent political parties which do not represent less than 50% of the popular vote from claiming a majority of elected assemblies. (In 2011, the Conservative Party of Canada only received 39.6% of the popular vote and 24.3% of the total vote, and yet received a 54% majority of the Canadian Parliament, under first-past-the-post. In 2008, the PC Party received 52.7% of the popular vote and 86.7% of the seats in Alberta Legislature. In addition, overall with only 40.6% voter turnout, the PC Party represents 21.4% of Albertans.)

The argument in this article that Canadian parties can't get along is simply nonsense. It ignores that the Canadian Parliament is suppose to be fundamentally about the people of Canada, not the political parties. Why put these large established parties first?

Under a proportional system a party which has significant popular support will be rewarded with a majority (strong government). It will not be rewarded with a majority with insignificant popular support like in the first-past-the-post system.

Canadians need to demand a system which is about them only, and to look beyond the political rhetoric and distortion against proportional representation.Who is the rhetoric serving?

Political rhetoric against proportional representation

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