fairvotecan Canadians are watching closely to see if their new government is going to stick to the promises made during the recent election campaign.  One of the most important promises was to reform the electoral system and get rid of our current First Past the Post system.  I was browsing about and found an interesting article (?) on the National Post’s website (!!) about possible changes and how they might effect Canada’s political parties.   I was struck by the word choice in this part:

“Clearly, there is no upside for the Liberals in pursuing PR. But the introduction of a ranked ballot system would take the Liberal heels off the Conservatives’ chest and thrust it hard into the party’s wind-pipe.

As one clear-eyed senior Conservative put it, adoption of preferential balloting would force the Tories to “water down” their agenda to become the second choice of more people.

“The reality is, if the Liberals do this, the Conservative movement is going to have to increase its appeal. We won’t be able to afford to be the 35-40% party,” he said.

The NDP would face a similar dilemma, ensuring the centre ground of Canadian politics becomes a very crowded space indeed.

The question remains, how aggressive are the Liberals likely to be in pursuing the reforms signalled in the throne speech?”

Is John Ivison’s article accurate, maybe? Does it deliciously tickle my partisan happy neurons, you bet it does. :)

[Source:National Post – Canada’s other Conservative Paper that isn’t written at a Grade 4 level.]

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