Ah, the memories of referendums in Quebec. A constant threat/promise/past of such, for Quebec independence, while constantly in the back of our minds, is unlikely in reality for the foreseeable future, thankfully..
But, it isn’t often that the Liberal Party even mentions the word “referendum”, unless it is followed by the words “over my dead body”. It is at least clear that Couillard has no idea what governmental idealogies he actually supports at any given moment.
Back to the topic at hand: voting reform. It does seem to be the talking point of late, at least from the three major parties that are not in power. Couillard and his Libtards are firmly against the idea of offering people a system that results in a more fair and equal vote, mainly because that would be very bad for the Liberals, of course.
Never to miss an opportunity to make himself look even less stable as US Neurosurgeon/Trump Cabinet Member/Village-Idiot Ben Carson, Couillard told reporters on Tuesday
that he would oppose an electoral reform proposed by his rivals to create a mixed-member proportional representation system; Couillard rather said that he said such a reform would be best sought by seeking the majority opinion of Quebecers in a referendum.
Not smart; For so many reasons, that I don’t even know how to begin. I’m amazed this guy got a license to practice medicine, let along brain surgery.
Well, probably after every aide on his staff texted him and said WTF IS WRONG WITH U?, two hours later Couillard back tracked on the idea and refused to say he would support a referendum.
Re the “proposed system”, under the mixed system voters would still cast a ballot for candidates in their ridings but parties would also field a list of candidates who would be elected per share of the overall vote. Its a little more complicated than currently, but proponents say it’s much fairer and would better represent voters.
Under the current system Couillard’s Liberals technically need the least amount of votes per seat, while smaller parties such as Quebec Solidaire need many more.
The current system also leads to much smaller parties being excluded from the democratic process completely. People often feel a vote for a smaller party be a wasted vote as they have no real road to electoral success, under the new system a small party with say 5% of the vote could gain a few seats and therefore influence, getting their foot in the door of the national assembly.
The first past the post system Quebec has now upholds the status quo and is more likely to create majorities with unstable and non-representational governments. People against reform say that having a proportional system, while better represents people, creates messy governments, with broken representation, that can often lead to political deadlock, in fighting and inaction.
Talk of a referendum, by the premier of the province no less, is quite the news, regardless of the topic.
Couillard seems to have no real plan though, as usual. If the Liberals fail to gain a majority in the coming elections, he’s going to be sat in a national assembly out gunned by people who want a system that’s fairer to them. The Liberals will have to decide soon if it’s a fight they are willing to have, and more importantly how they are going to fight it.