More proportional elections? “My reflection has progressed”, says Anglade | Elections Quebec 2022

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More proportional to the elections? “”My thinking has progressed”, said Anglade | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

The reform of the voting system aims to introduce more proportionality into the electoral system; an issue that is both technical and democratic, often debated… and rejected.

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Rather for (in the 2000s), then outright against (in 2018 and until very recently), the Quebec Liberal Party is still dithering over the reform of the voting system. “My thinking has progressed,” said Liberal leader Dominique Anglade on Wednesday, avoiding a clear position on an overhaul of the electoral system in favor of better proportionality.

Between the leader and her party, the message fluctuates. The Liberals stated their position bluntly a few days ago: The Liberal Party of Quebec is not proposing any changes to our voting system, read a letter from the PLQ dated September 13.

Since then, Dominique Anglade has said that she would be open to the idea of ​​discussing a reform of the voting system once the elections are over, which she reiterated at a press conference on Wednesday. Would the leader move away from the official line communicated during the election campaign?

The role of a leader, in a political formation, is to recognize a situation, [. ..] to be open to a conversation, replied the Liberal leader, anxious to convey the image of a unifying leader, her electoral signature since the start of the campaign against her CAQ rival François Legault, whom she blames to divide the population.

More than 60% of Quebecers no longer want François Legault as prime minister, she mentioned in reference to the polls. What do we do collectively? Are we able to come together, to give ourselves the means to move forward?

“Is that raises the issue of the voting system? Inevitably, it raises her, we cannot elude it and not consider it. »

—Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

Challenged again on the discrepancy between his words and those of his party, Dominique Anglade marked his difference by explaining the consultation mission imposed by his political responsibilities.

The role of a leader is to sit down with the gang to have an informed discussion, she retorted, that is my style of leadership, to bring everyone back to the table and to say to yourself that & #x27;we will have the necessary maturity to hold the necessary debates.

The PLQ, which refused to commit to a reform of the voting system in the last elections, defended in the early 2000s the idea that electoral reform for better proportionality would have a positive effect on the confidence of the population in elected officials.

Currently in force, the first-past-the-post system is based on the division into electoral constituencies with the election of ;a single deputy (uninominal) for each constituency.

The candidate who obtains the most votes is elected and thus obtains a seat in the National Assembly, notwithstanding the degree of support of the electorate.

The party policy in which the greatest number of candidates wins obtains a majority of seats and forms the government.

In the last election, for example, the Coalition avenir Québec won 74 seats, which represents nearly 60% of the House with 37% of the votes.

The main criticism of this electoral system? Elected MPs remain unrepresentative of the overall percentage of votes, as the election does not take into account a higher or lower percentage of votes.

Québec solidaire and the Parti Québécois have both indicated that if they are brought to power, they intend to reform the voting system before the 2026 elections. For its part, the Coalition avenir Québec has maintained that the election was not a priority for the population at the moment, which Dominique Anglade also underlined, citing his meetings during the campaign.

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