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May-June 2017

What the heck is proportional representation?

And why is Justin Trudeau so scared of it?

Dave Meslin@meslin

“We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.” With these words, Justin Trudeau breathed hope and possibility into the hearts of Canadians who feel tired, disappointed, and frustrated by our broken democracy. Eighteen months later, his party walked away from that commitment to upend a system […] More »
July-August 2010

3 alternative voting systems in use today around the world

Graham F. Scott

Proportional representation comes in, well, not quite 31 flavours, but it’s a lot. There’s more than one way to elect an MP! Party List System In list systems, parties put forward a list of candidates, and voters cast a ballot for one party and its slate of individuals. Seats are allocated to parties based on […] More »
July-August 2010

British coalition preps for 2011 voting reform referendum

Jesse Mintz

Previously in our special week on electoral reform: Parliament needs women and proportional representation is the solution (to which this article was a sidebar); and our interview with Judy Rebick. Electoral reform is on the agenda in the U.K. following the May election that saw the creation of the first British coalition government in more than […] More »
July-August 2010

Q&A with Judy Rebick: “We have one of the least democratic systems in the world”

Paul McLaughlinWebsite

The recent U.K. election has raised the issue of electoral reform there, as the Liberal Democratic party made it a condition for propping up the Conservative government. This spoke to social activist Judy Rebick, who is a member of Fair Vote Canada, about her group’s campaign to bring some form of proportional representation to Canada. […] More »

What's in the July-August 2010 issue of This Magazine

Graham F. Scott

The July-August 2010 issue of This is now in subscribers’ mailboxes and on newsstands. As usual, you’ll be able to read all the articles here on the website as we post them over the next few weeks. But also as usual, we encourage you to subscribe to the magazine, which is the best way to […] More »
July-August 2010

Another reason for voting reform: Parliament needs women

Katie Addleman

Canada has shockingly few female legislators. Our electoral system is broken. Voting reform could fix both problems at once. One Thursday last spring, an Angolan MP named Faustina Fernandes Inglês de Almeida Alves addressed an assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Those present—members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the UN Division for […] More »

Wednesday WTF: Britain can do coalition government. Why can't we?

jesse mintz

Britain’s five days of post-election limbo are over as David Cameron, Conservative Party leader and now Prime Minister, announced Britain’s first peacetime coalition government since the 1930s.  Ushering in an era of cross-bench unity, Cameron’s Conservatives will join forces with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democratic Party.  Cameron has appointed six Liberal Democrats to the cabinet, including […] More »
March-April 2009

Strong Feelings On: Proportional Representation

Jesse Kinos-Goodin

We’re loving Fair Vote Canada… The brainchild of three concerned citizens, Fair Vote Canada is devoted to reforming Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system. Formed in 2000, it currently has members in every province from across the political spectrum, more than 2,000 dues-paying members and a contact list of 10,000 people. FVC’s ultimate goal, explains Larry Gordon, […] More »