Canadians tend to view elections like horse races. The leading horse wins the race and has the right to power.
Of course, what this impression leaves out is the fact that political parties arbitrarily divide the political spectrum.
So should a united left-leaning party have an advantage over a divided right? Should a united right-leaning party have an advantage over a divided left? Either way is senseless.
Majority rule — real and imagined
The next thing to take into consideration is that democracy means rule by the people. The will of the people is determined by a majority vote.
In Canada we often dole out 4-year dictatorships to 40% minority parties and call it a “majority.” But in reality, it is the opposite of a majority and the opposite of democracy — because the actual majority gets excluded from government.
No special privilege
In the rest of the developed world, the party that represents the largest block of voters gets no unearned advantage or special privilege.
In Australia, for example, there is one left-leaning party and 4 right-leaning parties. If they used our primitive voting system, First-Past-the-Post, the left-leaning party would win perpetual “majority” governments.
But they upgraded their voting system — actually a century ago — so voters would decide which party (or parties) govern, not foolishness.
Voting reform or bust
So unless you want the Conservative party to have a huge unearned advantage and change Canada beyond recognition, voting reform should be your top priority.
Unless we fix our mess of a democracy in 2015, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
Latest polling results
According to ThreeHundredEight.com:
Based on these seat projections, if Canada was a democracy, the Liberals and NDP would form a multi-party majority government that would serve out the entire 4-year term.
But because we have a horse race instead of a democracy, the Cons would get the first shot at forming the government. If they failed, the Liberals could try to hobble together an unstable “minority” government that would fall apart in 2 to 3 years.
It’s time to chose real democracy. Either proportional representation or ranked ballot voting will put an end to the foolishness. It will also stop the Cons from winning dozens of opposition ridings due to vote splitting.