The Kiwis do it. So do the Germans and Scots. Now Kelly Carmichael is hopeful that after years of study, debate and political promises, Canada may be on the brink of doing it, too. “It” is electoral reform, putting in place a voting system that ensures the makeup of Parliament better reflects the ballots cast. Indeed, the October election could be the last federal election using the first-past-the-post system as both Liberals and NDP have vowed changes to how Canadians elect their MPs. “I have to say we are pretty hopeful,” said Carmichael, the executive director of Fair Vote Canada, which advocates for electoral reform.
The organization is getting ready to launch a national campaign later this month to put a spotlight on the issue and enlist the backing of candidates running in this election.
Boosters of the idea believe electoral reform would bring new voices and fresh ideas to Parliament. It would shake up the big-party dominance of the political system. It would lead to consensus-driven government and better policies.
Yet depending on the alternative model chosen, critics see a confused electorate and a Parliament that yields not compromise or consensus but paralyzing standoffs.
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