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Reforming Canada’s voting system: What would proportional representation change?
mardi, 22 mars 2016 - 11:30 am1:00 pm
Peter Severinson
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The 2015 federal election campaign brought new urgency to a fundamental issue in Canadian democracy: Should we change our voting system? Discussion has focused on the merits of a “proportional” versus a “majoritarian” system. Three questions are key: Does proportional representation foster a higher participation rate? Are voters’ preferences better represented in a proportional system? And are citizens more satisfied under a proportional system? André Blais, a leading scholar in the field of electoral systems will discuss whether proportional representation will change the electoral landscape in Canada. Prof. Blais is a full professor in the Department of Political Science and holds the Research Chair in Electoral Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is the lead researcher in the project Making Electoral Democracy Work and he chaired the planning committee for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. His research deals with elections, electoral systems, voter turnout, public opinion and methodology.