Imagine this election scenario. A party wins 155 seats in a 301-seat Parliament and forms a majority government. But after the election, officials discover that 1.5 million fraudulent votes had been stuffed in the ballot boxes, giving the winning party 38 seats it didn't deserve and majority power that it didn't earn.
That would be electoral fraud on a breath-taking scale. Fortunately the scenario is imaginary, but the following one is real.
In 1997 federal election, the Liberals won just 38 per cent of the votes, but the voting system -- not the voters -- gave them 51 per cent of the seats, or 38 more seats than warranted by the popular vote. If Canada had a fair voting system that treated all votes equally, the Liberals would have needed another 1.5 million votes to capture a majority of seats.
The imaginary scenario would be criminal because individuals manipulated results to give an undeserved 1.5 million vote advantage to one party. The real-life election in 1997 also produced an undeserved advantage equal to 1.5 million votes. The only difference is the fantasy fraud was perpetrated by individuals, whereas the culprit in real life is a voting system that distorts what we say with our ballots.
In the same vein, let's look at The Bloc Bonus, and other chronic bonuses.
. . . Wow!
No wonder some Toronto Liberals and some Alberta Conservatives are willing to put up with the Bloc Bonus.
Who cares if the equivalent of 2.8 million fraudulent votes had been stuffed in Quebec ballot boxes, when you're benefiting from the equivalent of 4.6 million fraudulent votes stuffed in Toronto ballot boxes, or from the equivalent of 11.3 million fraudulent votes stuffed in Alberta ballot boxes.