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Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system highlights once again the need for reform

By Werner Antweiler, Associate Professor, Strategy and Business Economics, University of British Columbia
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The recent federal election produced the second minority government in a row — and the fifth since 2004.

Neither Conservatives nor Liberals received more than 34 per cent of the popular vote nationwide, but parliamentary representation remains heavily distorted.

Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system works poorly when there are lots of three-way races and…


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