Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Newfoundland and Labrador election disaster

I know of few, more vivid and egregious examples of the distortions of our current electoral system than the results of the provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Here are the results:
Party/%of vote/Seats won
Here are the results (approx.) under a proportional system like MMP:
Party/% of vote/Seats won
PC /70/ 33
The numbers speak for themselves. A few points to note:
1. The PCs got a majority government. This proves that we do not necessarily have perpetual minority governments with MMP. Also, this is a true majority government, not the fake ones we call 'majority' now.
2. The Liberals would not have been decimated to a pathetic rump. Instead, they would have had a sizeable majority to act as opposition in the House of Assembly.
3. The New Democrats, who usually elect a token MHA, would have been numerous enough to influence the debate as much as, well, 4 MHAs could.

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