Be it resolved: Barry Aulis Compton-Stanstead, QcEdit
Dual electoral systemEdit
Like many I know that our first past the post election system doesn't give us a representative House of Commons but also like many I don't like the various proposed proportional representation systems either. After the Quebec 1998 general election where the Liberals got more votes then the PQ but the PQ formed a majority government with it being a few seats short of having a 2/3 majority I thought we really do need an alternative to first past the post. What follows is my proposed alternative to FPTP and PR elections.
This proposed system of representation comes from the House of Commons itself. It can be said of the House of Commons that it is a group of 308 voters who choose from among their number two principle leaders, one who leads the majority caucus of the house and one who leads it's minority. This is the basis of the dual electoral system.
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Draft resolution as introducedEdit
A preference ballot is used for voting. The candidate with the number one on a ballot gets one vote. The two candidates with the most votes are elected. The ballots are counted a second time with the elected candidate with the lower number getting one vote. Each elected member has one "member vote" in the House to be used in regular sessions and one "legislative vote" for each vote received on the second count of the ballots and is voted when the House is in legislative session and is used to pass what else legislation! One day a week is set by the Commons for the legisative session and any bills requiring third reading are voted on during that session.
Results for the Quebec General Elections 1998 / 2003
Assuming that the ADQ vote goes 67% PQ and 33% Lib on the second count and in ridings where the ADQ gets elected the defeated PQ or Liberal candidate’s votes all go to the ADQ and all other votes split 50/50 gives the following election results.
1998 General Election
PQ 123 members 50% Legislative vote 43% popular vote
Lib 123 members 48% Legislative 44% popular vote
ADQ 3 members 1.75% legislative 12% popular
Eq 1 member 0.25% legislative 1% popular
2003 General Election
Lib 121 members 50% legislative 46% popular
PQ 109 members 38% legislative 34% popular
ADQ 20 members 12% legislative 18% popular
The main drawback of this system is if you keep the same number of ridings you will double the number of members or having the same number of members will double the size of the electoral ridings.
Benefits of the Dual Electoral System
- Guarantee of an opposition since no party can get more than 50% of the seats.
- In regular sessions the members have one vote each so there'll be nonpartisan voting on the election of the Speaker, rules of the House ( two thirds majority), procedural motions, and committee membership.
- In legislative session you'll have proportional representation since each member will have one vote for each vote received on the second count of the ballots.
- No party lists and you are still voting for the member of Parliament of your choice. One MP represents the majority vote in the riding and the other MP the main minority vote.
- No major revision of the electoral map. Ridings should only be altered when the number of electors in the riding is 150% or more or 50% or less of the average number of electors per riding. Each election few if any ridings will change. This will mitigate the political fighting over riding boundaries or size for the purpose of any real or imagined partisan gain.
- Also an incentive to vote since the more votes an MP gets the more votes they have on voting on legislation. Also ridings and provinces will increase their voting strength in the house if their voting turnout is higher than the average.
- Every vote counts since one of the two elected candidates will get your vote!
Acting President Barry Aulis Compton-Stanstead, Qc email@example.com
Results for the House of Commons, British Columbia, Quebec, P.E.I.Edit
House of Commons 1997 / 2000 / 2004 / 2006 / 2008Edit
|2008||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|2006||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|2004||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|2000||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|1997||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
British Columbia 2001 / 2005 / 2009Edit
|2001||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|2005||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
|2009||% vote||Seats||Dual||Leg vote|
Quebec 1998 / 2003 / 2007 / 2008Edit
|2008||% vote||Seats||Dual||% Leg|
|2007||% vote||Seats||Dual||% Leg|
|2003||% vote||Seats||Dual||% Leg|
|1998||% vote||seats||Dual||% Leg|
Prince Edward Island 2003 / 2007Edit
|2007||% Vote||Seats||Dual||% Leg vote|
|Lib||53||23||27||53 / 59|
|Cons||41||4||27||41 / 47|
|2003||% Vote||Seats||Dual||% Leg vote|
|Cons||54||23||27||54 / 57|
|Lib||43||4||27||43 / 46|