one major industrial country uses it (Australia) and only for
its lower house... and many more cities around the world use proportional
representation than AV. The majority of
the world's democracies use a proportional system, many
for the better part of a century. Why do so many nations now insist their
voting systems respect the principle of proportionality? Because it is the
most democratically legitimate way to elect a representative council,
parliament, legislature, or any representative body.
consistently show that Canadians aren't happy with politics as usual,
and that a majority would prefer to fix our dysfunctional voting system... a
majority supporting making it more proportional.1
For the first time in Canada's history,
we have a real chance to reform our federal
system for the better. .
ordinary citizens from
every walk of life, concerned with the failing health of our democracy have
worked for decades to arrive here. They've done so by being steadfast in
their conviction that every Canadians' vote should count (and count
equally)... not by supporting just any old voting system change. They
have worked hard educating Canadians about equal and effective votes, fair
representation, and the need to make every vote count with
Let's not waste a unique opportunity for real reform with the
distraction of another winner-take-all system.
1."In legislative elections [the alternative vote] is not much better than plurality elections; and as a winner-take-all system, it remains grossly inferior to PR"
-- Instant Runoff Voting: No Substitute for Proportional Representation. Dr. Douglas J. Amy, Mount Holyoke College. 2010