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Proportional representation for Canada: A primer

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There are two main families of voting systems in the world: proportional and plurality/majoritiarian.

The latter category is commonly referred to as "winner-take-all" and designed to manufacture a single-party majority government.

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April 5, 2016 |
The Liberal Party platform stated that they will make every vote count and they will consider proportional representation and ranked ballots. Only proportional systems can make every vote count.
April 1, 2016 |
Opponents of electoral reform sometimes claim that proportional representation means amending the constitution or could be subject to a constitutional challenge. They're wrong.

Proportional representation is the only way to make every vote count

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During the 2015 federal election campaign, Justin Trudeau promised that this election would be the last conducted under the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system.

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March 15, 2016 |
Wendy Bergerud, a member of Fair Vote Canada's national council, a leader in Fair Vote Canada Victoria and a long time proportional representation activist passed away on March 8, 2016.

Not Rex: Trudeau needs to start moving on electoral reform promise

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During his election campaign and at his Throne Speech, Justin Trudeau promised to make every vote count. However, lately on the news of electoral reform it has been crickets.

So what did Trudeau mean when he said "make every vote count": proportional representation, mixed-member proportional representation or ranked ballots?

The Liberals seem to love the last option, which could be a recipe for disaster.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May
| February 27, 2016
February 19, 2016 |
The new Liberal government has promised that 2015 was the last election using first-past-the-post. Fair Vote Canada invites you to join a two part webinar on voting Sunday February 21 at 7 PM EST.
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| February 1, 2016

What Canadians are saying about electoral reform

In December, the Broadbent Institute released a report to measure Canadians' attitudes about voting system design and preferences for electoral reform. The study also estimates what the outcome of the 2015 Canadian General Election would have been, had it been run under a ranked ballot system, also known as preferential ballot, as compared to proportional representation and the current system.

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