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Laying the ghost of electoral reform

Author: John Pepall; Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy.
Publisher: Ottawa, Ont. : Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 2011.
Series: Canada's founding ideas series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The appeal of proportional representation is persistent; polling shows strong support for it. Yet elaborately prepared and promoted proposals for proportional representation were roundly rejected by voters in referendums in Prince Edward Island in November 2005, in Ontario in October 2007, and in British Columbia in May 2009. We shall not hear the last of proportional representation specifically, and electoral  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Pepall; Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy.
OCLC Number: 795539236
Notes: "September 2011."
Description: 1 online resource (43 pages) : illustrations, digital file.
Contents: Executive summary --
Sommaire --
Introduction --
Voting --
Parties --
Votes and parties --
The concept of waste --
Proportions of power, an example --
Voters lose control --
Token MPs --
Compromises --
In Canada --
The paradox of voting --
Two schemes --
Single transferrable vote --
Mixed member proportional --
Weighing up --
Dynamics --
Tactics --
Representatives --
Other schemes --
Turnout --
In their dreams --
It matters.
Series Title: Canada's founding ideas series.
Responsibility: by John T. Pepall.
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The appeal of proportional representation is persistent; polling shows strong support for it. Yet elaborately prepared and promoted proposals for proportional representation were roundly rejected by voters in referendums in Prince Edward Island in November 2005, in Ontario in October 2007, and in British Columbia in May 2009. We shall not hear the last of proportional representation specifically, and electoral reform generally, until we understand why it is an entirely bad idea.

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