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To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?The Politics of Electoral Reform$
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André Blais

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539390.001.0001

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Electoral Reform in Canada

Electoral Reform in Canada

(p.112) 4 Electoral Reform in Canada
To Keep or To Change First Past The Post?

Louis Massicotte

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the main attempts to reform Quebec's first-past-the-post system for electing Members of its National Assembly. The focus is on the latest proposal, unveiled by the Liberal government in December 2004. It is a mixed-member proportional system characterized by a low district magnitude and provision for a constituency vote only. The various features of the model are described and the various alternatives that were considered during its elaboration are analyzed. The proposal has been examined by a committee of the National Assembly, but its adoption seems unlikely, while no other alternative has been agreed on.

Keywords:   Quebec, electoral reform, MMP, proportional representation

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