The Canadian government seemingly violated its own law to call an election, which likely cost more than $250 million, and resulted in, essentially, the same governing structure as the end of the previous parliamentary session. And, once again, this election featured the strange sight of a party dedicated to separating the country having the third largest number of seats, despite only earning 10 per cent of the national popular vote.
Out of curiosity, I thought I’d see how things would have broken down were seats awarded purely by the popular vote received (not that I’d recommend such a system, there are more accurate proportional representation models available):
|Party||Actual seats||Actual popular vote||Seats based on pop vote||Difference|
|Totals do not add up to the full 304 seats available due to rounding and/or “other” part votes. Results based on those reported on Election Canada on the morning of October 15, 2008.|
The result is still a Conservative minority, but a more balanced opposition — and one that, in theory could form a coalition government were it needed, thereby lessening the need for yet another election in a couple of years. A more proportional system might even prevent new voter participation lows being set with each new election