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The Canadian Parliamentary System

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In recent elections, parties and candidates have been able to win while not capturing a majority of the vote. Many Canadians believe that this is not fair. How does the current election system work and what changes have been suggested to make the system better?

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The solution concisely explores the system in place in the past & present that allows Canadians to choose their MPs, representatives and political leaders who govern their nation's affairs.

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First Past the Post: (FPTP)

This is the current system used in Canadian Election. Ever since Confederation in 1867, the candidate to receive the most votes in his/her constituency has gone to Ottawa to sit as an MP (Member of Parliament). The same process has been used in provincial elections. When the FPTP began in Canada, there were only two major parties, Liberal and Conservative. Today, the addition of the New Democratic Party and the Canadian Alliance has created a four party system. Many believe that FPTP does not work ...

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