Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is still open to getting rid of the electoral system known as plurality or first-past if his party was re-elected, but added it was not a priority given the lack of consensus on the issue.
The Canadian electoral system is known as the “single plurality” or “first past the post” system. This means that the candidate who receives the most votes in a particular electoral district wins a seat to represent that district at the national or local level, and because this system only requires the candidate to receive the largest number of votes, there is no requirement that the candidate receives a majority of votes.
However, Trudeau told reporters he would not support proportional representation as an alternative, saying the system “gives more weight to smaller parties that may be marginal parties.” Instead, Trudeau has expressed his preference for a ranked voting system, saying that such an approach contributes to less divisive elections.
“I’ve always been a fan of arranged ballots where people choose first choice, second choice, third choice,” he said during a campaign stop in Aurora, Ontario. “I think it forces the parties to come together and make an offer to be a second choice for other voters, so they are less divided.”
The liberal leader first raised the prospect of electoral reform in 2015. Moving forward with electoral reform “is not a priority” because there is still no consensus among political parties on the issue, Trudeau added.
Canadian voters began heading to the polls for early elections, amid a strong rapprochement between the ruling Liberal Party and the opposition Conservative Party