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October 17th, 2008

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12:19 am - Democracy = a government that represents ~25% of the country...yay?
Ok, so let me get this straight.  Approximately 60% of Canadians eligible to vote did  (I'm impressed, voter turn-out made it past the 50% mark).  The split up of the votes was:

Conservatives:  143 MP's elected    (37.63% of vote share)
Liberals:  76 MP's elected    (26.24% of vote share)
Bloc:  50 MP's elected    (9.97% of vote share)
NDP:  37 MP's elected    (18.20% of vote share)
Green:  0 MP's elected    (6.80 of vote share)
Independent:  2 MP's elected    (0.65% of vote share)
Other:  0 MP's elected    (0.51% of vote share)

So...basically it means we have a government which represents approximately 38% of 60% of Canadians...so...about 23% of Canadians.  We, the democratic country of Canada, have a government that represents not even a quarter of our population.  Good stuff, I'm proud of you Canada, glad to see you're making democracy work.  (Btw, how the hell did the NDP get about twice as many votes as the Bloc yet end up with not as many MP's elected into office??  O____o).

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Date:October 18th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
heh, you shouldn't be impressed - it's the lowest voter turnout in canadian history.
anyway, the way the seats are elected is through the majority vote in a riding. there are 308 ridings in canada, and 308 seats in parliament. the percentage vote you have represents the "popular vote", which is just straight absolute percentage of votes for out of the entire collection of votes cast.
so it's obvious that quebec doesn't represent TOO huge a percentage of the voting population, yet they have many ridings in which the bloc won. this translates to a lower popular vote but a higher number of seats in parliament. hope that answers your question.
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Date:October 18th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Well the article said as much regarding voter turn-out. My comment was half sarcasm, half in sincerity, the sincerity portion being rooted in that given how many people didn't want/care about this election in the first place we passed the 50% voter turnout mark.

The rest of the post was more of a sarcastic mockery of the ridiculousness of the system and how unrepresentative of the people it actually is already, regardless of voter turnour, despite it supposedly being "democratic"...guess the sarcasm didn't quite get through.
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Date:October 19th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
lol well democracy has never been completely representative.. even in its "truest" (i.e. historical) form.. so in a way maybe we can think about this as returning to ancient greece, and how many people vote compared to how many people are actually living there (but cannot vote because they're women or slaves).. :P
it's not meant to be reassuring btw haha.
lol democracy in canada will only be as democratic as the electorate wants it to be..
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Date:October 20th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Yep. Thats basically democracy. Not just a "dictatorship of the 51% majority over the rest". Its a dictatorship of the minority of those who voted. Jefferson once said, after establishing the Republic, that "Of course, there's always the threat of things deteriorating into a democracy". Well, Canada is the worse experiment, it seems ;)
Date:October 21st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
THE FIRST PAST THE POST SYSTEM BLOWS!!! Now that I got that off my chest, does anyone else think that we could've done without an election & put forth a motion in Parliament to amend our electoral system to one of proportional representation!!!??? "Distorted" democracy would be a better description of our political philosophy! I too am surprised that voter turnout was slightly above 60% (shocked is a more accurate description), but I can't shake off the feeling that the election was a petty (& greedy)obsession of sex-bot Harper to (slightly) increase his minority (which he did...*I'm now breaking into one-handed applause*). I'm just glad he went back to wearing suits (sweaters take away from his sex appeal lol). Anyways, now that Harper has maintained his minority & Canada has not been handed over to the US, & Canadians have not morphed into half-breed aliens...yeah I've clearly run on a tangent...anyways, did you hear that Dion is (eventually, as he puts it) stepping down- I say it's about time!I say elect Justin Trudeau & lets see how fast this country falls into another election & makes him PM!-James (no political biases intended (ok that was a lie))!

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