“Like votes in the trash”: the voting method is already catching up with François Legault

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“ Like votes in the trash ” : the voting system is already catching up with François Legault

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The day after his re-election, François Legault closed the door twice on a reform of the voting system.

Barely re-elected, François Legault is overtaken by his broken promise to reform the voting system. With the support of 41% of voters, he won “72% of the seats” and “100% of the powers”, an “injustice” that must be corrected, argues the New Democracy Movement (MDN).

< p class="e-p">In an advertising campaign unveiled on Wednesday and entitled It's just not fair, the MDN asks Quebecers to mobilize to demand a reform of the voting system.

The result of the provincial elections, in which the four opposition parties jointly won 59% of the votes but only 28% of the seats, constitutes an aberration in the eyes of the president of the DND and former PQ minister, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau.

Parliament becomes the voice of a minority of the population which governs as if it were the majority, which gives way to debates tinged with arrogance, intransigence and populism , denounces DND on a new website launched as part of its campaign.

“It's as if in each election we throw votes in the trash to favor the winner. »

— Excerpt from the website cestjustepasjuste.com

Nevertheless, the re-elected Prime Minister François Legault closes the door to resurrect the promise of a reform of the voting system, which he himself had made in 2018 before abandoning it during his mandate.

I don't think the voting system we have is bad. During the election campaign, I made a commitment not to open this debate and I will respect all my commitments, he said on Tuesday, the day after his victory.

In recent weeks, Mr. Legault has hinted that this subject only interests a few intellectuals and reiterates that it is not a priority for Quebecers, after two years of the pandemic.

On Tuesday, the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) also made a point of recalling that the result obtained by his party is by far the best of those of all his opponents.

“We got 41% of the vote and our closest opponent got 15% of the vote. You still have to keep that in mind.

— François Legault, Premier of Quebec

On its new website, DND explains how a new mixed proportional voting system with a regional list would work.

With such a system, voters would be called upon to vote twice. The first vote would be for the MP they want elected in their constituency. The second would be for the party they want to see form the government.

It is from this second vote, counted in each region of Quebec, that deputies would be elected for represent their region, explains the website, which would restore a fair representation of each party.

“The results of the election and the seats obtained in the National Assembly would thus faithfully represent the convictions expressed in the population. »

— Excerpt from the website cestjustepasjuste.com

The Parti québécois (PQ) and Québec solidaire (QS) are both calling for this reform, while the leader of the Liberal Party du Québec (PLQ) is simply open to discussions.

On Tuesday, Radio-Canada broadcast a report with a simulation on this subject. Had the contemplated voting system reform contained in the now defunct Bill 39 been in effect on election night, the CAQ would likely have garnered 75 seats rather than 90.

The PLQ would have won 16 rather than 21, unlike QS, which would have won 3 more seats, for a total of 14. For its part, the PQ would have elected 10 deputies, whereas it only has 3 in the present time.

Even the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) could have entered the National Assembly with a mixed proportional voting system with a regional list: its 13% votes would have resulted in 10 seats in the Blue Room.

The DND promises that a petition will soon be launched so that Quebecers can publicly demand this reform from the Legault government.

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