The Opposition Of The Liberal Party Essays

1874 Words Nov 25th, 2016 8 Pages
After the General Election of 2015, many critics of the Single-Member Plurality system (a.k.a. “First-Past-the-Post”) complained that having an absolute majority with only 39.5% of the vote is wildly undemocratic. This 39.5% gave the Liberal Party 54% of the seats in the House of Commons, which in essence is an unchecked dictatorship. Unlike the American system where the executive and legislative branches are greatly separated (and can be home to two opposing parties), the Canadian system allows for the Prime Minister to lead both. This unchecked power by the Prime Minister can be seen by the people as a risk to the democracy of the nation, or a chance to push through a legislative agenda that they support. Nonetheless, over half of the electorate can view the election of the Liberal Party as illegitimate; an even greater concern when attempting to maintaining order in a society.

Instead of Single-Member Plurality system used to hold elections, other ideas such as Proportional Representation, Alternative Vote, and Two-Round System have been suggested to help relieve the great imbalance between votes cast and seats held in the House of Commons. However, I believe that Single-Member Plurality is the best option for Canada, not only from a position of ‘fairness’, but also from an efficiency standpoint. Single-Member-Plurality is by far the easiest voting method to understand and it nearly guarantees that extremist or narrowly ideological parties do not get elected.

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