Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Quebec's unfair election

Quebec went to the polls today in provincial elections, and threw out its corrupt, authoritarian "liberal" government in favour of the Parti Quebecois. In the process, they also elected the province's first female Premier - another step on the road to equality. At the same time, though, the elections were conducted under an outdated, unfair voting system, and the results were far from democratic - as can be seen from the table below:

Party% VoteSeats% Seats
Parti québécois32.035544.0
Quebec Liberal Party31.014939.2
Coalition avenir Québec27.161915.2
Québec solidaire6.0321.6

So 1% of the vote results in a difference of 5% of the seats - and government. Quebec needs a fair, proportional electoral system - and the sooner, the better.