Faqs / Won’t parties multiply like rabbits?

Indeed, new parties might form and old ones might restructure when they finally have to reflect the range of viewpoints in Canada. Voters won’t be forced into broad-tent parties to make their vote count, as conservatives of different stripes, libertarians, and others are now. But history shows that the introduction of elements of proportionality will likely only marginally increase the number of parties that can win seats and affect legislation. Why? It’s only common sense. Most voters want to support parties that can have impact or growth potential. In some PR countries, parties are required to get 4-5% of the national popular vote before they’re allowed to hold a seat. Regional models like Scotland’s have similar natural thresholds built in.

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