Summary: The liberal party,
who have majority control in Quebec’Äôs provincial government, have
announced that they plan to introduce some form of full
representation (proportional representation) in time for the next
election. The latest election was on April 14, 2003, and the next
election doesn’Äôt have a definitive date, as election terms are not
fixed in Canada.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Liberals want to change the way Quebec votes
July 11, 2003
MONTREAL - The next time Quebecers
choose a government, it might happen a bit differently.
at it as every citizen in Quebec having their vote count'
Liberal government has announced it will introduce a measure of
proportional representation for the next provincial election.
says it will correct some distortions built into the current system.
Liberal MNA Jacques Dupuis will pilot the changes as junior
minister for the reform of democratic institutions.
Last April 14,
each MNA was voted to Quebec's National Assembly riding by riding.
Dupuis says with what the Liberals are proposing, at the next
general election, the popular vote would count, too.
goal, is to [ensure] that as many tendencies as possible in the
society are represented," Dupuis says.
Could change outcome
Proportional representation would have been a good thing for the
Action Dˆ©mocratique du Quˆ©bec party.
The ADQ won more than 18 per
cent of the popular vote during the last provincial election.
However, the party only got three per cent of the seats in the
National Assembly because their support was not concentrated enough
to win more ridings.
Dupuis says the new system will be more fair
"Let's look at it as every citizen in Quebec having
their vote count," Dupuis says.
He won't say yet how much weight
the popular vote will carry.
The Liberals plan to consult the other
parties before they table their bill sometime next spring.