For all of those Liberal MMP naysayers/lovers of the status quo, I throw down the gauntlet in favour of Mixed Member Proportional.
Please explain to me how the following ten election results, produced by our antiquated 'first-past-the-post' system, are somehow fair, democratic and good for stability in Canada, let alone the Liberal Party. Our party has gotten screwed just as much as any party under the current system, winning far fewer seats than we'd otherwise deserve based on our popular support. Here are just ten provincial election results which beg the question: why do any Liberals support 'first-past-the-post?'
Reason # 1 - ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTION 1975
Liberals almost tie the Davis Tories in the popular vote, but come in third place behind the NDP because of first-past-the-post.
Reason # 2 - ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTION 1985
The Liberals win the popular vote, but still lose the election to the PCs.
Reason # 3 - ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTION 1990
The NDP lead was slight, but first-past-the-post over-inflated that protest vote to give the NDP a big majority and Ontario five years of disastrous government.
Reasons # 4 and #5 - MIKE HARRIS YEARS (1995 TO 2003)
The PCs under Mike Harris never won more than 45% support but with first-past-the-post they secured two comfortable majorities and used them to undermine health care, the environment and public education for eight very tough years.
Reason # 6 - QUEBEC PROVINCIAL ELECTION 1998
Thanks to first-past-the-post, the PQ won a majority in 1994 with only 45% of the vote and plunged the country into the 1995 referendum on Quebec sovereignty. In 1998, the PQ won another majority, but this time with fewer votes than the Liberals. For those who say first-past-the-post promotes economic stability in Canada, how did five extra years of separatist rule benefit Canada's economy?
Reason # 7 - BRITISH COLUMBIA ELECTION 1996
Five more years of incompetent NDP government despite voters preferring change.
Reason # 8 - SASKATCHEWAN ELECTION 1991
The Liberals do very well, but the system makes most Liberal votes irrelevant and unrepresented.
Reason # 9 - MANITOBA ELECTION 1995
The provincial Liberals slip to just under 25% of the vote, but get clobbered by the seat breakdown. The party hasn't sufficiently recovered since.
Reason # 10 - ALBERTA ELECTION 2001
PC voters outnumber Liberal voters by just over two-to-one. PC seats outnumber Liberal seats by 10-to-one.