June 29, 2004

Skewed Canadian Election Results

There is something very wrong with an electoral system in which a party that wins 15.7% of the popular vote ends up with 19 seats, and a party that wins 12.4% of the popular vote gets 54 seats.

We're talking the NDP and the Bloc, and I don't support either party, however if I were an NDP supporter, I'd be outraged at this result.

It's also disquieting that the Green Party won 4.3% of the popular vote and didn't get a single seat. That means that the votes of nearly 1 in 20 Canadians were completely ignored.

The "first past the post" system has a long tradition in Canada, but I think we need to take a serious look at it.

Posted by Paul at June 29, 2004 07:27 PM