“Alberta NDP won a false majority because of our outmoded electoral system”

Stephen Maher writes in the National Post about the impact that the first-past-the-post electoral system had on the Alberta provincial election: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/stephen-maher-alberta-ndp-won-false-majority-because-of-outmoded-first-past-the-post-electoral-system

Despite Mr. Maher’s protestations to the contrary, there is nothing “false” about the NDP majority, or with every other majority government in Canada. The first-past-the-post system is designed to reward the most popular party with a majority of seats, and punish the other parties, especially those whose support is not concentrated geographically. In the Alberta election the system produced the result that it was designed to.

You may not like how the first-past-the-post system works (I certainly don’t) – but that doesn’t mean that its an illegitimate way of conducting elections. Like any system it has its positives and negatives. Will the Alberta NDP change the electoral system, as hinted in the article? I will have more to say on that topic in the coming weeks.

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