Monday, August 12, 2013

What is a false majority?

When there are more than two parties under FPP, vote splitting can allow a 39% minority party to win over 50% of the seats — and 100% of the power. This is called a false majority because the party didn't earn a majority of seats with a majority of votes.

Harper “dictatorship”

That’s what happened in 2011, when the Harper Conservatives won 54% of the seats on less than 40% of the vote.

This fake majority — the 60% super-majority was opposed to — gives the Harper Government absolute power to pass any legislation it wants. (What Harper called a “benign dictatorship” while in opposition.)

In 94% of the developed world, government represents an actual majority of voters.

Voting reform ensures real majority

There are two ways to achieve true democracy:

  1. Prefential Voting (ranked ballot): This ensures majority rule at a local riding level: MPs must earn their seats with a majority. To accomplish this, the voter’s ballot is changed from single-choice to ranked. It’s the same method used by parties to elect their leaders.

  2. Proportional Representation: This ensures majority rule at a federal level. This system awards parties the same percentage of power they got in federal votes. Usually two or more parties form stable majority governments.

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  1. Spurious majorities is especially common in Canada but have also occurred relatively frequently in some European countries. This phenomenon led to a government crisis in Malta in 1981. https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/13098

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