Political representatives in Canada have traditionally been selected
using a first-past-the-post electoral system. The major problem with this
process of determining “who governs” is that larger parties
are often rewarded the majority of seats in legislatures without winning a
majority of popular support. Recently, the debate on electoral reform in
Canada has begun to gain steam, as several provinces have started to look
more seriously at alternatives (Milner 2004).
Declining voter turnout may explain why even governments that benefit from
the current electoral system are finding it increasingly difficult to
simply sideline this issue. But what accounts for the Canadian
public's more recent frustration with their traditional electoral
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