How should Canadian MPs be elected?

The Government of Canada has been consulting Canadians on how they want to elect members of the House of Commons in future votes. Answer this fun quiz to find out what voting system could work for you. #ERRE #mydemocracy

JB
Created By JB
On Apr 27, 2017

How many MPs do you want to represent your community?

What kind of political parties should get seats?

How should votes be counted?

Who should get to form Government?

What should the ballot look like?

FPTP - Plurality

FPTP - Plurality

First Past The Post! FPTP or the Single Member Plurality might work best for you. It's used to elect the United States House of Representatives. The ballot is easy to use and understand. You get one MP for your electoral district. Regional or separatist parties could gain an advantage and your government might be formed by a party with less votes than it's competitors, but there are less likely to be coalition governments.

ATV - Majoritarian

ATV - Majoritarian

ATV! It's the Alternative vote. Some members of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, in China, are elected with this system. Using a ranked ballot where you rate candidates using 1, 2, 3, etc. it's pretty flexible. You get one MP for your electoral district, but they may not be your first choice, or even your third. It artificially favours middle ground parties, so there are more majority governments.

STV - Proportional

STV - Proportional

STV! Ireland uses this model to elect the Dáil Éireann, it's House of Representatives. It could work for you too! The Single Transferable Vote system uses a ranked ballot where you rate candidates using 1, 2, 3, etc. so it's flexible and simple. You get more than one MP for your electoral district, so you get a greater variety of MPs from small and large parties. This means parties have to cooperate in order to form governments.

List Proportional

List Proportional

List Proportional might work best for you. It's the system used to elect the Eduskunta in Finland! Using an open-list system you can vote for both the candidates and the party you want to represent you. You get lots of MPs to represent your region or your country. This model allows issue parties to get elected, so the government has to focus on issues the other parties also want to work on.

Mixed Member Proportional

Mixed Member Proportional

It's Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) that could work best for you! It's used in Germany to elect the Bundestag. This system lets you elect one MP for your electoral district, and one or more MPs for your region. Because you can customize your vote, this system allows for all kinds of parties that have to work together. Governments often represent the majority of voters rather than the majority of MPs.