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The Politics of Electoral Systems$
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Michael Gallagher and Paul Mitchell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199257566.001.0001

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Canada: Sticking to First‐Past‐the‐Post, for the Time Being

Canada: Sticking to First‐Past‐the‐Post, for the Time Being

(p.99) 5 Canada: Sticking to First‐Past‐the‐Post, for the Time Being
The Politics of Electoral Systems

Louis Massicotte

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Canada has employed the single-member plurality electoral system at all elections to the national parliament and for most elections to provincial legislatures. In recent years, criticism of this system and its consequences (especially the high degree of disproportionality) has become greater, and there has been much discussion of introducing proportional representation, particularly at provincial level. The strong position of particular parties in specific provinces has a distinctive impact on the party system effects of single-member plurality in the Canadian context.

Keywords:   Canadian politics, single-member plurality, electoral reform, disproportionality, party system

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