Welcome to the first installment of Lego My Vote!
On September 22 2014, hundreds of thousands of voters in New Brunswick participated in the provincial election. Since they were using First-Past-The-Post, the results were distorted and the voters didn't get what they asked for.
Let's walk through the results. This is how they actually voted:
Based on those results, and a legislature that has 49 seats, this is how many seats each party should have received:
But, because our voting system in Canada is broken, this is how many seats they ACTUALLY won:
The Greens should have won three seats but only got one. And the People's Alliance should have won a seat, but they were shut out completely. But the biggest distortions were for the Liberal Party, and the NDP:
But the real scam here is the fake "Liberal Majority". You'll notice that on election night, no party received more that 50% of the vote.
That means that no party should be able to govern without working collaborative and cooperatively with other parties. In other words, why should the Liberal party be able to pass legislation on their own, using their "majority"... when the majority of New Brunswick voters didn't vote for them?
In most western democracies, they use some form of Proportional Representation. That means that the government elected actually reflects what voters asked for. If 10% vote Green, then 10% of the seats are Green. Simple as that.
Canadians deserve a fair voting system. Please share this page, and join our campaign!
Photography by Rannie Turingan