December 2nd, 2014

The NDP wants to implement a mixed proportional system

The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.

“If the Conservatives and Liberals truly believe in democracy, they will vote with us. The current system in which a party can govern without a majority of votes has gone on long enough. We need to make every vote count,” said NDP Democratic Reform critic Craig Scott (Toronto – Danforth).

Last week, Murray Rankin (Victoria) and Randall Garrison (Esquimalt – Juan de Fuca) joined Scott as he presented the NDP’s plan to implement a mixed proportional electoral system by 2019 and ensure that 2015 will be the last unfair election. The motion tabled today aims to better reflect the diversity and political preferences of all Canadians, by adopting a system of proportional representation.

The motion reads as follows:

That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the next federal election should be the last conducted under the current first-past-the-post electoral system which has repeatedly delivered a majority of seats to parties supported by a minority of voters, or under any other winner-take-all electoral system; and (b) a form of mixed-member proportional representation would be the best electoral system for Canada.