Faqs / Won’t this mean constant coalition governments?
“Governments formed under any voting system are coalitions of different groups who negotiate and make deals. That’s the way democracy works. Each of Canada’s “big tent” parties is already a coalition of internal factions which are generally hidden from public view except during leadership races. They compete with one another and then negotiate and compromise on the party platform and policies.
When elections are more proportional, such coalitions generally involve more than one party. While Canadians have been taught to fear this, it actually has a few enormous advantages. Negotiations among parties are generally much more visible to the public than those that currently take place within parties, and the compromises are publicly known. When elections are more proportional, the resulting coalition or governing group represents a true majority of voters.Return to FAQs.