Electoral Dysfunction and Reform | Elizabeth May | TEDxStanleyPark

Why does Canada use a voting system that allows the minority of voters to elect a majority government? How does 39% of the vote translate into 100% of the power? How does a voting system that allows a micro-targeted riding-by-riding campaign style lead to negative campaigning, toxic politics and a hyper-partisan, never-ending campaign replacing governance?

Most modern democracies use some form of proportional voting. Canada has a once in a generation chance to improve the quality of our democracy, enhance the power of voters, and ensure that never again will we have a prime minister wielding extraordinary powers, essentially an elected dictatorship, supported by only a minority of voters. It is time for fair voting.

To read the ERRE Committee’s reports visit http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE/Work?show=reports. Other resources can be found at http://www.fairvote.ca/.

Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, an Officer of the order of Canada and the proud member of parliament for Saanich – Gulf Islands. For more information visit Elizabeth’s website at http://www.elizabethmaymp.ca/

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


22 Replies to “Electoral Dysfunction and Reform | Elizabeth May | TEDxStanleyPark”

  1. You really think this foul-mouth drunk who admires a traitor and terrorist (Khadr) and thinks he has more honour than cabinet ministers deserves to be anything other than expelled from the country?

  2. While I rather enjoyed the video and think May is a very positive thing for Canada for as long as she can hold out, I'm confident that this will not influence change in political systems in any way. For starters, view count on YouTube 2 weeks after publishing is only 2163. Some of those probably aren't even Canadian, and based on some comments some of them are from people that are ignorant of the problem (or just simply enjoy their unjust power).

    The other thing that stands out to me is that no mention was made of the Liberals backing out of looking into replacing the broken system with a new one. Maybe that's because this was taped before it became clear, which is a shame. I don't know. I just know that it's a talking point that is lacking and that makes this content out of date or incomplete. This video gives you hope that change is on the horizon, whereas unless a significant backlash from the Canadian people is felt by parliament it's already a doomed idea like most good, fair, honest ideas to the Canadian government of our era.

    Truth is the Canadian government, like probably all governments, doesn't care, nor is it going to care, what the conscious minds of Canadians wants because the majority is busy just trying to pay the bills and doesn't have the time or capacity to care about things of this nature. Just as the puppet master likes it.

  3. She really loses me at "Hilary Clinton". Trump may be proving to be a terrible president, but that doesn't mean that Hilary Clinton would have been better. Probably would have been about the same really. I think it misses the point. That is one thing that has driven me away from the Green Party of Canada lately. There's a reason Trump won, and it's because people are sick of the "safe spaces" and other bullshit that we recognize is toxic for society. I think we were hoping Trump would be more anti-establishment, free thinking, changing things, but he's proven that the puppet master doesn't care who the puppet is. In any case, a lot of people didn't want the puppet to be Hilary Clinton, and this result is far more interesting and enlightening I think.

  4. Great talk!
    Here's hoping Canada's elections can soon become closer to fully-democratic and fully-representational, rather than just kind of democratic and sort of half-representational as they are now.

  5. Bravo Elizabeth! It had to be said and you said it best. First past the post is a lousy system and where the majority of the voters are ignored. Their votes do not count.

  6. Great talk Elizabeth, excited to see reforms to the way other Canadians and I are represented. Long live direct democracy. One problem I had with this is her concept of "wrong winner". True, the people who she declares as "wrong winners" are those who lost the election but its also important to understand the systems in which they vote are often favoured as tools of representation.

    Bring us electoral reform through a referendum, this is my and many other young Canadians wish.

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