Saturday, April 12, 2014

First-Past-the-Post: Government by the 30%, for the 30%

According to ThreeHundredEight.com, the Harper Conservatives have averaged just under 30% in the polls over the past year.

That’s about as low as Harper can go. The 30% makes up the hard-core Cons who will vote for the party no matter what.

When the Reform and PC parties united under the Conservative banner in 2004, the new party came to represent the 30%’s hard-core values. Moderate conservatives were marginalized, many forced to vote for the Liberal party.

What’s worse is that the 30% — which controls the Conservative party — now controls the entire country!

Broken voting system

Thanks to our distorted voting system, First-Past-the-Post, the Cons were able to win 54% of the seats on 40% of the vote — giving them 100% of the power.

If we modernize our corrupt voting system — with either proportional representation or ranked ballot votingthe 30% will represent the 30%. No more, no less.

In 2015, we need to bring real democracy to Canada. What we have now is a farce.

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