NDP=No Difference Party: NDP Convention Fails Palestine AGAIN

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Rev Pesky

From JKR:

The 29% statistic was for the entire electorate not the popular vote. So for example, in 2011 the Conservatives won a "majority" government with the votes from just 24.3% of the electorate and just 39.6% of the popular vote.

I can't speak to elections in Quebec, but I can speak to elections in BC. It's true the NDP won a majority with a lesser percentage of the vote than the BC Liberals. The voters were so overjoyed with that result that in the next election they reduced the NDP to two members, and handed the BC Liberals majorities for the next seventeen years. It's also true that at the time everyone remarked on how unusual it was that a majority government could happen with fewer votes than the next party in line. 

As to the 29% thing, you can't count votes that are not cast. The best you can do is assign uncast ballots to parties in more or less the same percentages as cast ballots. Or just say that people who didn't vote don't care what the result would be. Your method of arriving at the 29% is a bit of sophistry.

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2. The 29% statistic was for the entire electorate not the popular vote.

I read a news piece today suggesting that as few as one in five Venezuelans will be voting in their upcoming elections.

If that proves correct, will the goverment they vote for be an illegitimate goverment?  Or do those who stay home abdicate their electoral concerns?

Yes or no, please.  No "bla bla bla PR".  Could a fifth of the electorate choose the federal government, or not?


I really hate it when I continue reading comments in a thread where I left off and at the same time posters start to engage in thread drift. After reading half a dozen comments I don’t know why I’m reading these comments, what the hell thread I’m in? Then I have to go back to the thread title, that’s when I realize I got sucked into some other posters derailing thread drift and wasted my time!  Now sometimes I’m guilty of thread drift(like right now) but at least I’ve got some awareness and self discipline and disengage/discontinue. I also bring light to the fact that I’m entering thread drift and that this is a no no. Other times it’s unavoidable and certain subjects are prone to drift. But c’mon! FPTP????? In a thread about NDP lack of support for the Palestinian state and it’s peoples? Babble is starting to get bad for thread drift. Not sure how the moderators view it? But I feel it gives the site a bad name when it goes unchecked!

Rev Pesky

Some more thread drift. your comments would be a lot easier to read if your paragraphs were shorter.