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The New Political Landscape in Ontario

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Two weeks ago, I woke up to the nearly finalized results of the Ontario general election. Not that they hadn’t been almost as finalized when I went to bed. A little time has passed since then and I haven’t heard any major noises contesting things, so we’re probably locked in.

Ultimate result is that the Conservatives won 83/124 seats with 40.8% of the popular vote and a 43.5% voter turnout.

However you might feel about the Conservatives, that’s wrong. They know it. Every other party knows it. We all know it. Essentially all the power to run the province was granted to a party that got its support from less than 18% of the voters in the province. The PCs are fine with it, of course, and publicly are claiming a sweeping victory and a mandate to do whatever they please. Any other party would do the same. They’d still be wrong.

First Past the Post. That’s what the system is called. What it means is that whoever gets the most votes, wins the seat for a particular riding. Whoever wins the most seats, wins the right to govern until the next election. Unless less they have fewer than 50% of the seats and then how long the party is in power could be in doubt.

It’s a two-party system. We have three, and sometimes four, viable parties at the Provincial level in Ontario. At the Federal level, there could be as many as five depending on where you live.

I’m not going to tell you what kind of system I’d prefer other than that it’s not this one. Based on declining voter turn outs, I think I’m far from alone.

Something to think about: what systems do the parties use to select their leaders internally?

Be well, everyone.

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