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Canada: why electoral reform will be hard to win

In one of last year’s few political highlights, Justin Trudeau led the Liberal Party to victory in Canada’s general election, and one of their manifesto pledges was to change Canada’s electoral system from first past the post. The Liberals won a majority of…

Electoral pacts won’t bring electoral reform

In ‘all of this has happened before and will happen again’ (British politics edition) we’ve already got people suggesting – apparently seriously – that the way to get a better electoral system is through an electoral pact. It’s one of those ideas that…

Another First Past The Post system bites the dust

From the newly elected Canadian Liberal election platform: We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a…

Early thoughts on the Canadian election results

Well, I got the number of Conservative seats almost right – right on close to 100, just wrong on which side of it they’d fall. For the other two, though, I seem to have got it quite wrong: underestimating the size of the…

Canada and strategic voting

I’ve written here a couple of times about the upcoming Canadian general election, and now it’s finally here. Canadians are voting today for the 338 members of their new Parliament after a rather long election campaign, though unlike ours there’s been plenty of…

A Canadian prediction

I’ve mentioned the upcoming Canadian election here before, and as the campaign there enters its final week, it seems a good time to return for another look. Unlike in our election, the polling there has been quite volatile, with individual polls giving a…

Qualitative Election Study of Britain

Back during April and May, I did a little bit of work helping Drs Edzia Carvalho and Kristi Winters on their Qualitative Election Study of Britain project, which was looking at people’s perceptions and attitudes towards the election campaign. They’re now publishing some…

Canada’s Conservatives and Britain’s Labour Party share a similar problem

I’ve mentioned before that election junkies looking for their next fix should be looking to Canada, who’ll be electing a new government on October 19th. It’s a country where elections often deliver unexpected outcomes, with really big poll movements often happening during the…

Second place stats to break the silence

I’m still alive, and still working through my Masters dissertation so my time for thinking about things to blog about is limited, which is somewhat handy as just about the only political topic to write about at the moment is just how silly…

A liberal strategy for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

If it was up to me, we wouldn’t be having Police and Crime Commissioner elections next year. They’re a pointless position, and in most cases appear to have become nothing more than a highly paid spokesperson for the police than providing scrutiny and…

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