Discussion Night at @FairvoteWRC: Election Results Analysis, Wednesday 26 June 2019

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Hi all: It’s time for another Discussion Night, since there is much to discuss.

First, there’s some business from Fair Vote Canada:

  • Report from the Fair Vote Canada Annual General Meeing held in Ottawa last weekend
  • overpass sign
  • meeting with Karina Gould
  • Citizen’s Assembly visits to Liberal MPs. Anita (Fair Vote Canada Executive Director) has asked us to ask Bardish Chagger & Raj Saini to introduce the idea of a CA as a non-partisan, legitimate way forward for electoral reform. We need to ask for volunteers to make a friendly visit.

And there’s some business for the Waterloo Region Chapter:

  • door knocking campaign & federal election strategy
  • meetings with NDP & Green Party candidates in Waterloo Region
  • Volunteers needed to staff info tables for Kultrun (13-14 July) and Nonviolence Day In The Park (20 July); perhaps other events

Finally, some discussion: There have been four by-elections in Canada in the past few months:

  • Three on 25 February 2019, including Burnaby South won by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh with 39% of the vote.
  • One on 6 May 2019 won by Green Party candidate Paul Manly with 37% of the vote.

In total, there have been 21 by-elections since the general election in 2015.

Provincially, there were two elections:

  • Alberta on 16 April 2019, won by the United Conservative Party with 55% of the vote and 52% of the seats (30/87).
  • Prince Edward Island on 23 April 2019, won by the Progressive Conservative party with 37% of the vote and 44% of the seats (12/27). This election was notable for electing eight Green members, who form the Opposition.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador on 16 May 2019, won by the Liberals with 44% of the vote and 50% of the seats (20/40).

Internationally, there were also some elections of interest:

  • 17 April 2019: Indonesian general election, won by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle with 19% of the vote and 22% of the seats (128/575), using an open-list, multi-member system. There is a threshold of 4% for representation. Interestingly, Indonesia has a gender quota for 30% female candidates. Wikipedia: 2019 Indonesian general election
  • 28 April 2019: Spanish general election, resulting in an upset of the previous Congress of Deputies. Spain has a mixture of single member ridings, and multi-member ridings with two to four members, elected with a full block vote, closed list, proportional system. The election was won by the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party) with 29% of the vote and 35% of the seats (123/350). A total of 64 parties participated in the election. There is a threshold of 3% for representation. Electoral system details are at 2019 Spanish general election
  • 19 May 2019: Indian general election, won by the Bharatiya Janata Party with 37% of the vote and 55% of the seats (303/543). India uses a First-Past-The-Post system: 2019 Indian general election
  • 26 May 2019: Belgian general election, using a method of party-list proportional representation, won by the New Flemish Alliance with 16% of the vote and 17% of the seats (25/150). A ruling coalition has not yet been formed, with an extension to 1 July from the original date of 6 June, extended to 17 June. There is a 5% threshold for representation. Electoral system details: 2019 Belgian federal election
  • 26 May 2019: European Parliament election, won by the European People’s Party Group with 21% of the vote and 24% of the seats (179/751). Voting systems differ in various countries, but all must use a proportional system with either Single Transferable Vote or a party-list system. Representation thresholds also vary from country to country. Wikipedia: Election to the European Parliament
  • 5 June 2019: Danish general election, using a party-list proportional system, won by the Social Democrats with 26% of the votes and 27% of the seats (47/129). The ruling coalition “Red Bloc” gained a total of 49% of the vote (slightly more when including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and 52% of the seats (93/179). There is a 2% threshold for representation. Electoral system details: 2019 Danish general election

If anyone has lots of spare time, it would be interesting to see the Gallagher Index for each of these elections.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot, and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

North Parking Lot Map 2

See you all on Wednesday!

–Bob Jonkman
Fair Vote Waterloo Secretary and Discussion Night Organizer

Mail to: info@fairvotewrc.ca
Phone: +1-519-279-2990