Pros And Cons Of Canada's Electoral System

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Canada’s electoral system is referred to as the first-past-the-post system also known as the single-member plurality system. In each electoral district, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins a seat in the House of Commons and represents that district as its member in Parliament. An absolute majority is not needed for a candidate to be elected in this system. Any number of candidates can run for each district, but a candidate can only run for one riding, either independently or under the banner of a political party. Historically speaking, only a small percentage of candidates have run without party affiliation. Canada still uses the first-past-the-post system electoral system which we had inherited from Britain in 1867 before confederation. This type of electoral system has many pros as well as cons to it. There is a popular alternative that the Liberal Party had promised in which we can decide how members of Parliament are elected and …show more content…
Our current electoral system has been with us since before 1867. There are three elements that are part of this system. The first-past-the-post electoral system has elements that geographic electoral district elects one member to the legislature with variation, each district contains the same population. This is so each vote carries the same weight. The second element is the electoral formula; this determines the winning candidate is the one who gets more votes than the other candidates and pass the post first as long as they have one more than the second candidate they win. The last element is the ballot type, the voters mark one candidates name using a categorical ballot. It is the simplest ballot and requires the voters to make a mark and decide who the winner is, it is simple but it provides little information and voters see it as a candidate-centred ballot but it does

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