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Canada: Sticking to First‐Past‐the‐Post, for the Time Being

Louis Massicotte

in The Politics of Electoral Systems

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199257560
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257566.003.0005
 Canada: Sticking to First‐Past‐the‐Post, for the Time Being

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Canada has employed the single-member plurality electoral system at all elections to the national parliament and for most elections to provincial legislatures. In recent years, criticism of this system and its consequences (especially the high degree of disproportionality) has become greater, and there has been much discussion of introducing proportional representation, particularly at provincial level. The strong position of particular parties in specific provinces has a distinctive impact on the party system effects of single-member plurality in the Canadian context.

Keywords: Canadian politics; single-member plurality; electoral reform; disproportionality; party system

Chapter.  9535 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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