“I’m proposing we make every vote count, we are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.”
That was Liberal leader Justin Trudeau back in June.
He laid out an ambitious plan to shake up the way Canadians vote while accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of throwing a cloak of secrecy over the federal government and undermining the integrity of Canada’s democracy.
But now that he’s been elected, will he actually bring in the change?
Simi Sara spoke with Jeff Sallot, a columnist with iPolitics to find out. Sallot recently wrote an article on the subject.
He says there’s plenty of time to make a change before the next election, and there are two possible alternatives to our current system.
One is proportional representation, would involve taking the number of seats in the House of Commons and dividing them amongst the various parties on the basis of their percentage of the popular vote.
The other is called mixed-mandate proportionality. You continue to vote for your local MP, and also cast a second ballot for large candidate or for a party. Depending on the number of votes in that category, the party would be able to have a certain amount of people elected to the house.
But Sallot is skeptical that Trudeau will follow through with the promise unless people up the pressure.