Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Vote for the environment

The idea of vote swapping- strategically voting so that the worst party wont get in- is the idea behind Votefortheenvironment.ca. This site suggests where it is possible to defeat the Conservative party, by voting for it's strongest opposition. This position is taken because only the Conservative party opposes strong environmental policies.

Facebook has a similar group that advocates vote swapping the Anti-Harper Vote Swap Canada.

These projects are necessary because Canada still uses a first-past-the-post voting system. Candidates can win a seat even though most citizens voted against them. A political party can get a majority government, even though most people voted for other candidates.
Groups who want to see fairer representation, such as Fair Vote Canada, advocate some form of proportional representation. Under such a system a party that gets 36% of the popular vote, gets 36% of the seats in the house of commons. Under the current system, the Conservative party won 36% of the vote but received 40% of the seats in Parliament.

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