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Welcome to the 13th edition of #LegoMyVote! Today, we're looking at Canada's 2019 federal election. We'll start with the popular vote. Here's how Canadians actually voted at the ballot box:
And here's how that same chart looks, if we add all the registered voters who decided to NOT participate at all:
Despite the NDP getting way more votes than the Bloc, the Conservatives getting more votes than the Liberals, and the Greens getting more than a million votes... the distorted results under First Past the Post look like this:
Proportionally, this is what Canada's parliament should actually look like:
The Conservative party would have the most seats - since they got the most votes - but that doesn't mean they'd be able to form a government. With 112 seats, the Conservatives would be nowhere close to a majority:
Even if the Bloc AND the People's Party supported them... it still wouldn't be enough:
The most likely scenario would be some form of coalition or agreement between the Liberal party, NDP and Greens:
Under PR, we'd also see an end to the wild distortions that paint Canada as a divided country with blue provinces and red provinces. Ex: Here's what FPTP did in Alberta:
And here's what First Past the Post did in Quebec:
Of course, all these numbers are based on the votes cast under our current system. If we had a modern voting system (like most Western democracies), everything would change - not just the math on election night.
We'd have more parties. Candidates would campaign differently. We'd likely have different leaders. We'd all be able to vote with our heart. And we'd end up with stable coalition governments that actually represent what voters asked for.
And today, @ElizabethMay wouldn't be stepping down as leader of a party with only 3 seats. With 22+ seats in the House and holding the balance of power in a coalition government, she'd likely be getting ready for her new job as Minister of the Environment. Where she belongs.
@ElizabethMay Enjoy our Lego stacks? Check out five years of #LegoMyVote here: unlockdemocracy.ca/lego_my_vote
@ElizabethMay And if you wanna learn more about how our democracy is broken - and how we can fix it - check out my lil' recipe book for a new democracy: teardown.build
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