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Better Choices: Voting System Alternatives for Canada

The Springtide Collective has released a discussion paper that models how five different voting system could work in Canada. The paper comes just as the House of Commons’ Special Committee on Electoral Reform arrives in Atlantic Canada for a week of hearings.

Until now, there have been no publicly available models of electoral district maps for alternate electoral systems, for the consideration of Canadians and the Special Committee. 






What’s in the paper:

- Proof-of-concept models for four new electoral systems, including electoral maps, ballots, and plain-language explanations. The current system is also modelled. 

-  Systems modelled include:  first-past-the-post, the alternative vote, list proportional representation, mixed member proportional and the single transferable vote.

- An evidence-based review of how each system performs against eight criteria, including voter participation, women’s representation, government effectiveness, and more. 


Read the paper:

The full discussion paper is available for download here.

To download the summary version, including the executive summary and alternative voting system descriptions, click here.


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