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MYTH #1: “Will Parties Multiply Like Rabbits??”

By Kelly Carmichael
December 16, 2014

  When opponents claim that proportional representation in Canada will lead to “fringe parties”*, they haven’t done their homework. All models of proportional representation for Canada, whether Mixed Member Proportional or Single Transferable Vote, are moderately proportional systems. Both are …

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MYTH #2: “Will my MP be Accountable? or Appointed?”

By Kelly Carmichael
November 6, 2014

  Opponents of proportional representation for Canada often claim that making every vote count will lead to “unaccountable MPs”. Sometimes they refer to “appointed MPs” and “lists of party hacks”. It is argued that there is something special and unique …

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MYTH #3: “Should we expect ‘Unstable Governments’??”

By Kelly Carmichael
October 16, 2014

Does Proportional Representation Mean Unstable Governments? There’s hardly a mainstream media news article out there which doesn’t allude to this myth in some way – that making our votes count will supposedly lead to “instability.” Sometimes the claims are extreme, …

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MYTH #4 “Will we get anything done??”

By Kelly Carmichael
September 16, 2014

When Parties Have to Work Together, How Does Anything Get Done? One variation of the “instability” myth brought up by opponents is the related idea that when people of different parties must work together, nothing will get done. Sometimes this …

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MYTH #5 – “Is Proportional Representation Unconstitutional?”

By Kelly Carmichael
August 16, 2014

Is Proportional Representation Unconstitutional? Opponents sometimes claim that proportional representation means amending the constitution or could be subject to a constitutional challenge. In fact, proportional representation designed for Canada – whether Mixed Member Proportional, Single Transferable Vote, or a hybrid …

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MYTH #6 – Is a “Ranked Ballot” a Voting System??

By Kelly Carmichael
July 4, 2014

When discussing electoral reform options for Canada, the mainstream media is spreading a lot of confusion about “ranked ballots”. Controversy makes a more appealing story, and the most common way the electoral reform options are presented is “ranked ballots versus …