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12 Electoral Systems.doc

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12 ELECTORAL SYSTEMThe electoral system in Canada is an adaptation of the British model ie one personone vote single member simple plurality elections at the federal and provincial levels and an adaptation of the American model presidentialcongressional system at the municipal level but with many variationsHowever the one person one vote principle is often not upheldFranchiseprovincial versus federal control of the federal franchiserestrictions current and present on who can vote citizenship age limits women property owners Asians Aboriginal peoples mentally disabled and prisoners place of residencevoters liststemporary vs permanentand fixed election datesDistribution of MPs seats between provincesredistribution of constituencies represented by MPs every 10 yearsquotient Senatorial floor grandfather clausemaldistribution of seats between provincesDistribution of MPs seats within provincesgerrymanderingand the role of the courts provinciallyridin
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