Proportional representation is a principle: that 39% of the vote should earn a party approximately 39% of the seats, and your vote should count towards electing representation you want.
You will find below a series of videos that we think you will find useful, Of course, we cannot endorse the entire content of videos not produced by Fair Vote Canada. Furthermore some videos are specific to other countries and/or have design features we are not supporting, such as closed party lists.
The videos below are divided into the following categories:
1) What’s Wrong with First-past-the-post
2) Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
3) Single Transferable Vote (STV)
4) Proportional-Preferential-Personalized (P3)
What’s Wrong with First-past-the-post
First-past-the-pizza – Fair Vote Canada’s 2013 amateur video contest “People’s Choice” winner – great for those brand new to this topic
A Fair Voting System for Canada – Produced for Fair Vote Canada circa 2009
Empty Feeling – Produced for Fair Vote Canada circa 2009
Disproportional Misrepresentation – Fair Vote Canada’s 2013 amateur video contest “Judge’s Choice” winner
The Problems with First-past-the-post Voting Explained – C.G.P. Grey’s “Animal Kingdom” series
Electoral Dysfunction: There is a Cure – Produced for Fair Vote Canada with comedian Don Ferguson in the lead-up to Ontario’s 2007 referendum
Proportional Representation – Comedian John Cleese on why the UK needs PR (1987)
Mixed Member Proportional Representation
MMP – with open lists – is the model recommended by the Law Commission of Canada
Mixed Member Proportional Representation for Canada – Produced for Fair Vote Canada with Associate Professor Dennis Pilon
Jenkins Mixed Member Proportional for Canada (MMP with a ranked ballot) – Produced for Fair Vote Canada with Associate Professor Dennis Pilon
Mixed Member Proportional – Produced in New Zealand in advance of the New Zealand referendum. Note: this video describes “closed lists” where you only vote for a party on the party list side. Fair Vote Canada recommends that Models recommends that a model for Canada be “open list” (you can vote for candidates from a regional list)
Single Transferable Vote
STV is a proportional system with a preferential ballot. (A ranked ballot in a single member riding is another winner-take-all system). STV system received the support of 58% of voters in British Columbia’s first referendum. Fair Vote Canada elects its board using STV.
STV for Canada – A short video on what PR-STV is, the values it achieves, and how would it work in Canadian federal elections.
Single Transferable Vote – C.G.P. Grey’s “Animal Kingdom” series
BC STV – this video was used during BC’s referendum on STV
P3 – this moderately proportional model was developed by former Liberal leader Stephane Dion