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Preferential ballots would make wedge politics less effective

By Derek Abma      

Under the current system, once you have 40 per cent of voters, it doesn’t matter what the rest think of you.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef recently announced a committee, made up mostly of Liberals, would be formed to study options for electoral reform. Despite the problem with process, the Liberals seemingly-favoured option of preferential ballots would be ideal, writes Derek Abma. The Hill Times photograph by Jean-Marc Carisse
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Criticisms that the Liberal government is compromising the democratic principles it says it’s defending by stacking the committee tasked with dealing with electoral reform with its own party members are justified, as are calls to subject changes in the way we elect governments to a referendum. Yet beyond the political missteps in this process, it should be said that the voting system the Liberals seem to favour—preferential ballots—is the best option. The way this system usually works is

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