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UtherPenguin
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1/17/2016 4:18:22 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
During Summer campaigning of the 2015 election, the liberal party promised to reform the current First Past the Post voting system upon getting elected. http://news.nationalpost.com...

Critics argue that said reform could come at the risk of further increasing the Liberal majority, making it intensely difficult for even a willing population to vote out the majority.
http://globalnews.ca...

Not much news on voting legislation since the election. Thoughts?
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1/17/2016 4:31:58 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/17/2016 4:18:22 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
During Summer campaigning of the 2015 election, the liberal party promised to reform the current First Past the Post voting system upon getting elected. http://news.nationalpost.com...

Critics argue that said reform could come at the risk of further increasing the Liberal majority, making it intensely difficult for even a willing population to vote out the majority.
http://globalnews.ca...

Not much news on voting legislation since the election. Thoughts?

I don't think it's really the priority at the moment. The Liberals are more focused and dedicated to fulfill their promise of settling 25,000 Syrians. It could be a issue coming up, but I don't think its' really the most important thing at the moment.
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Midnight1131
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1/17/2016 6:07:25 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/17/2016 4:18:22 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
During Summer campaigning of the 2015 election, the liberal party promised to reform the current First Past the Post voting system upon getting elected. http://news.nationalpost.com...

Critics argue that said reform could come at the risk of further increasing the Liberal majority, making it intensely difficult for even a willing population to vote out the majority.
http://globalnews.ca...

Not much news on voting legislation since the election. Thoughts?

They campaigned on proportional representation. The plus side to that is pretty obvious, the amount of seats that a party gets is directly proportional to how much of the popular vote they get. The problem is how these seats are assigned. For example, the GPC won one seat in the election, but with proportional representation they would've gotten around ten. The problem is that those new nine seats will be occupied by candidates who weren't directly elected by the people. I support proportional representation because it gives small parties a better chance, but it's not a flawless system.

Also, regarding the LPC majority, on the day of the election, CBC showed a projection of how the result would've turned out with proportional representation, and the Liberals actually ended up losing seats.
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Geogeer
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1/19/2016 3:52:37 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 1/17/2016 4:18:22 PM, UtherPenguin wrote:
During Summer campaigning of the 2015 election, the liberal party promised to reform the current First Past the Post voting system upon getting elected. http://news.nationalpost.com...

Critics argue that said reform could come at the risk of further increasing the Liberal majority, making it intensely difficult for even a willing population to vote out the majority.
http://globalnews.ca...

Not much news on voting legislation since the election. Thoughts?

Well it isn't like it has really been all that long since the last election. I wonder what they'll do when seats open up between elections?

My problem with this is that it'll provoke either a smooth to a mushy middle or end up with ideologically extreme groups (of which the greens are just the first).