Wednesday, July 18, 2007

WHY FIRST-PAST-THE-POST IS BAD FOR ONTARIO - PART TWO

Ontario has the opportunity on October 10th to vote to dump our antiquated first-past-the-post electoral system and replace it with Mixed-Member Proportional (or MMP), a system that guarantees representation at Queen's Park closely matches the way people actually voted.

Ontario suffers when the threat of Quebec separatism raises its ugly head. First-past-the-post has actually helped promote the cause of Quebec separatism.

Thanks to first-past-the-post, the PQ won a majority in 1994 with only 45% of the vote, one percentage point ahead of the Liberals, and plunged the country into the 1995 referendum on Quebec sovereignty.

In 1998, the PQ won another majority, but this time with fewer votes than the Liberals. For those who say first-past-the-post promotes economic stability in Canada, how did five extra years of separatist rule benefit Ontario's economy?

Forty-three percent support for the PQ won them 61% of the seats, despite being the second choice of Quebec voters.

1998 VOTES
LIBERALS 44%
PQ 43%
ADQ 12%

SEATS
PQ 76 (61%)
LIB 48 (38%)
ADQ 1 (1%)

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