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Canada's Electoral System Essay

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"Tonight friends our great country has voted for a change, and Canadians have asked our party to take the lead and delivering that change. We will honor your trust; we will deliver on our commitment." These are the opening words of our 22nd Prime Minister of Canada acceptance speech. On January 23, 2006 Canadians voted for the Conservatives Party to be in power lead by Stephen Harper. The dynasty of the Liberal Party has crashed and burn after twelve years in power because of the anger accumulated by Canadians over the sponsorship scandal recently. This is what Canadians voted for, is to have a change in government and a leader that stands up for Canada or is it? Do Canadians want to see a new electoral system used in the federal elections or to stick with the Single-Member Plurality that Canada is currently using? Which system is going to bring out the most voters and young voters and translate them into seats that the voters want to see in the House of Commons?The Canadian electoral system foundation is based on the United Kingdom system and how they use it. The current system which was used for the 2006 elections where Stephen Harper won is entitle the "single-member plurality" or "first-past-the-post" system or as Paul Prosperi call it "winner takes all system." The system is simple not complex and that makes it easy for Canadians to understand. There is no loop hole or difficulties with the single-member plurality system. It is straight forward, one candidate from each constituency with the most votes accumulated by the end of the day wins inthat riding. The goal is to attain plurality is based on the translation of votes into seat. Canadians would argue that what if one candidate out beats the other candidate not by a majority. That candidate should not be worthy of representing that constituency without a majority. With the single-member plurality system it comes with its strength and its weakness.'According to Elections Canada the strengths of the single-member plurality system are that it has three worth mentioning uniqueness; 1) Secret Ballot 2) Impartiality of Election Officials 3) Stresses Accessibility.In the old age ballots were cast by show of hands in public, this made everyone feared to vote for certain candidates. With the secrecy of ballot of the modern day, this stabilizes and it gives the voters confidence to go out and vote without being fear, threaten or pressure to vote for certain candidate.Enumerators and others are to be strictly truthful and unbiased. They are account for to hold the secrecy of the voters and there vote. To make it unbiased urban enumerators are paired with different representing political point of view. So no enumerator can place ineligible voters on the list to vote for there candidate. By doing it this way it will ensure that the enumerator are doing their job correctly and plays no role in favoritism to cheat the system for one candidate.There is an alternative polling for those who...

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