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Proportional what?

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What are the right questions to design a voting system?

Question 2 of the town halls have been:

What specific features are important to you in our electoral system? Local representation, proportionality, simplicity, legitimacy, inclusiveness, effectiveness?

It’s easy to say « all of them ». Here is question 2 broken down into sub questions that contrast the various options in designing a voting system:

  1. Should the legislature have some proportionality or not? If not, are you aware the last time a majority government was elected by a majority of voters was in 1984?

Kerry Diotte totally wrong on many points

On Thursday 9th of June, MP Kerry Diotte (Edmonton Griesbach) published the "10 good reasons to keep our voting system as is". If a politician confuses voting system like in point #4 and #6, I think it proves the difficulty of having an informed electorate in a pre-implementation referendum.

The governing Liberals insist we must have a new system of voting for future federal elections. Here are 10 reasons why this is a very bad idea:

Presentation notes

I have been doing many presentation on voting systems. Here are my presentation notes:

The slides are available in PDF format in English and in French.


Nathan Cullen & Scott Reid à l'AGA du chapitre: La réforme démocratique en 2016

Date: le lundi 2 mai 2016
Heure: les portes ouvrent à 18 h 30, l'événement débute à 19 h 00,
Lieu: Aréna Tom Brown, 141 Rue Bayview, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4M3
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Chapter AGM: Opposition Critics Nathan Cullen and Scott Reid on Electoral Reform in 2016

Date: Monday May 2nd.
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, event starts at 7 PM.
Where: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa, Ontario
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Proportional voting systems maitain local or near-local representation

Re: "Avoiding a referendum on electoral reform would be Trudeau’s first error" (

Wow! One can tell the national post really doesn't want equal and effective voting. They've been featuring referendum advocates for the past month.


Referendum advocates: happily ignoring the real question

Re: The Liberal government does not have the right to unilaterally change our voting system (

The referendum argument is a straw man's argument which conveniently ignores the real discussion that must happen: is our voting system legitimate (did we have a referendum on FPTP)? Does it treat voters equally?


BC voted for PR

Though Mr. Honickman offers a somewhat balanced view of the matter, he is factually wrong on one point in his piece "The people need their say on proportional representation" (November 13, 2015 1:02 PM ET). I'd also debate him on a few more points.



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