Election Results Reading
Well, Jack and Gilles didn’t seem to even get up the hill before they started restating their support for the Conservative’s EI bill. So while it seems less likely there will be an election this fall, its bound to happen fairly soon. While we wait to find out here’s some interesting reading to counter some of the silly talk in the mainstream media who wonder in bafflement what could possibly be wrong with our perfect democracy.
Wilf has a great discussion on what is wrong, each party is entrenched in their own local regions of support that give them many more seats than they deserve in those regions. Each of them loses out in other regions but they don’t complain because they don’t want to lose their safety nets. The NDP seem to be the only ones not benefiting from this (and the Greens obviously) so its funny they don’t more frequently and agressively harp on about electoral reform. They seem to think they can win this regionalized voting game under the current rules. They need to sits down and look at some numbers.
So while Jack is pondering how he got into his current mess and when he’s going to pull the plug on the current government, here’s some more reading for him. WastedVotes lists results form past election with some very nice charts so you can see where your votes are being thrown away. Note that the first party gets lots of bonus vote they don’t deserve, the second gets some too or comes out close to a fair number of seats and then all the other parties wildly jump up and down depending on if they are localized (Bloc) or spread out nationally (NDP and Greens).
Another great resource I just found is this beautiful page of numbers from our hard working people at Elections Canada. Thank you faceless government bureaucrat! This table contains the number of votes, percentage of votes and actual party seats for every election all the way back to 1867. Just go back to the 19th century results, even back then the number of seats varied a lot after only a small change in proportion of vote. And it just got worse once third and fourth parties became involved.
So the question is, why have we put up with this for so long?