POL214Y5 Chapter READING: Is a MMP electoral syetm in Canada's interest

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Dominant value of plurality system is stability; however, canada has frequently produced minority governments. Plurality system also produces electoral outcomes that aggravate and i(cid:374)te(cid:374)sif(cid:455) ca(cid:374)ada"s regional divisions. Outcomes are chancy, unfair and inequitable: also has increased growth of pragmatic and brokerage parties that weaken incentives of mps to represent their voters. Since canada is stable in spite of plurality system, has ample room to add values of justice, equity, and representativeness to stability by switching to mmp system. Best serve distinctive needs of canadians and improve regional representation in major parties while reducing strength of unjustified small divisive parties that have regionally concentrated support. Enhances representative democracy by encouraging mps and parties to develop a clearer profile on principles and policies: voters become more informed and hold mps accountable for what they decide. Fairest a(cid:374)d (cid:373)ost effe(cid:272)ti(cid:448)e (cid:449)a(cid:455) to fi(cid:454) ca(cid:374)ada"s real de(cid:373)o(cid:272)rati(cid:272) defi(cid:272)it. Stable countries seldom make radical institutional changes.

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