Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

Joyce Murray

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver Quadra

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MP Policy Café on Electoral Reform

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On Monday August 22nd, MP Joyce Murray hosted a policy café to give the people of Vancouver Quadra an opportunity to share their ideas on electoral reform in Canada. The event brought together almost 200 engaged members of the community. People offered a variety of ideas and expertise on what a future electoral system might look like. The room was divided into café tables of 5-7 people, who after a brief introduction by MP Murray, and a power point setting the context for the evening, had 15 minutes to discuss each of three questions. They noted key points on sticky notes which were placed on a wall for others to read. Following the group work, individuals came to the mic to share ideas, themes, and proposals, which were recorded in this report and submitted for consideration by the federal government.

The group discussed three rounds of questions:

  1. In your opinion, what are some of the strengths and weaknesses of our current federal electoral system?
  2. Are there electoral systems other than our current federal electoral system that you have heard about? If so, what have you heard? Are there things that you like about these alternatives? Are there concerns you have about these alternatives?
  3. Are there certain groups you feel are excluded from the current electoral system? Why are they excluded? What do you think could be done to make Canada’s electoral system more inclusive?

Below are the key themes, ideas, and proposals that arose from our discussion:

1. Our Current Electoral System – First Past the Post (FPTP)

Strengths

Weaknesses

2. Discussion about Alternative Electoral Systems

Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)

Strengths

Single Transferable Vote (STV)

Strengths

Weaknesses

Approval Voting

Strengths

Weaknesses

Two-Round (Run-Off)

Strengths

List Proportional Representation (PR)

Strengths

Weaknesses

Alternative/Preferential Voting

Strengths

Weaknesses

3. Discussion about groups you feel are excluded

Groups that are excluded, under-represented, or disengaged under our current electoral system include:

4. General comments

Referendum a poor tool to gauge public support on complex issues like electoral reform.