Proportional-first-past-the-post: a Canadian model of proportional representation

Ring, Robert S. (2014) Proportional-first-past-the-post: a Canadian model of proportional representation. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

For more than a decade a majority of Canadians have consistently supported the idea of proportional representation when asked, yet all attempts at electoral reform thus far have failed. Even though a majority of Canadians support proportional representation, a majority also report they are satisfied with the current electoral system (even indicating support for both in the same survey). The author seeks to reconcile these potentially conflicting desires by designing a uniquely Canadian electoral system that keeps the positive and familiar features of first-past-thepost while creating a proportional election result. The author touches on the theory of representative democracy and its relationship with proportional representation before delving into the mechanics of electoral systems. He surveys some of the major electoral system proposals and options for Canada before finally presenting his made-in-Canada solution that he believes stands a better chance at gaining approval from Canadians than past proposals.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6398
Item ID: 6398
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-207).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science
Date: May 2014
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Proportional representation--Canada; Canada--Politics and government; Canada.Parliament--Elections; Representative government and representation--Canada

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