Kingstonians Meet To Discuss Making Every Vote Count in Canada

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

During the last federal election, politicians say more than half the votes cast across the country… did not have an affect on the outcome.
Tonight, more than 100 Kingstonians met to discuss the hot topic and brainstorm ways to fix this problem.

Canada uses the ‘first-past-the-post’ system to vote, and has for 150 years.
The system allows constituents to vote for their preferred Member of Parliament, which then leads to the amount of seats in the House of Commons and the Prime Minister elected.
But this can mean hundreds of thousands of votes won’t matter.
Leading the conversation was British Columbia MPĀ and electoral reform spokesperson, Nathan Cullen.
Cullen says that Canada’s way of voting is outdated and that Trudeau should keep his campaign promise… to find a solution and make everyone’s vote count.

Nathan Cullen/MP, Skeena-Bulkley Valley, British Columbia:
“Most of the rest of the world has moved on beyond ‘First-past-the-post’ to usually a proportional system… And that just means that if a party gets 20 percent of the vote, they get about 20 percent of the seats. It kind of seems more fair, because it is more fair.
It also gives the power to every voter… They can vote for whoever they want, and know that that vote is going to have an affect.”

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