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2016-06-02 12:44 House intervention / intervention en chambre

Electoral reform, Opposition motions, Proportional representation

Réforme électorale, Représentation proportionnelle,

Mr. Speaker, the member for Saanich—Gulf Islands commented that only some systems allow a majority that has a different percentage of the vote from votes cast. There is one flaw in that argument. It is generally true but there is one in the proportional set that does have that problem as well and that is a mixed member proportional. This has happened in a number of countries that have abandoned it after trying it.

If a party were to be split in two, then people would vote on the seat list and on the list list and that party could end up with a majority government with only 30% of the vote.

It is important to be careful of all of the different risks and all of the different benefits in every system and to be careful in how we study this. I am looking forward to the work of the committee. I wonder if my colleague could comment on the finer details of some of these problems.

Monsieur le Président, la députée de Saanich—Gulf Islands a déclaré que certains systèmes seulement permettent d'obtenir une majorité dont le pourcentage est différent de celui des suffrages exprimés. Or, son argumentation comporte une lacune. C'est généralement le cas, mais le système de représentation proportionnelle mixte présente aussi ce problème. C'est pourquoi un certain nombre de pays ont abandonné ce système après l'avoir mis à l'essai.

Si un parti est divisé en deux, les gens votent en fonction de la liste des circonscriptions et de la liste du parti, ce qui peut donner lieu à un gouvernement majoritaire n'ayant obtenu que 30 % des votes.

Il faut donc étudier attentivement les risques et les avantages de chacun des modes de scrutin. J'ai bien hâte que le comité amorce ses travaux. Je me demande si la députée pourrait nous dire ce qu'elle pense des détails de certains de ces problèmes.

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Posted at 15:26 on June 02, 2016

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