The Federal Liberal Government campaigned their way to office on a number of promises. One of which was to engage in electoral reform.
Taylor Jackson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Fraser Institute.
He tells the Alberta Morning News that he’s examined how the feds are looking at making changes and says that a move to a proportional representation system would likely lead to more government spending and higher deficits.
He says when they consider other industrialized proportional representation systems around the world, those countries spent 29 percent of their GDP annually.
“When you look at majoritarian and plurality systems, which is where Canada falls, the average spending between 2000 and 2014 was about 23% of GDP. So, a large difference there, and this is a result that’s been found in a number of academic studies.”
Jackson says a proportional system tends to lead to more coalition governments.
“They tend to have more parties represented in the legislature. For a coalition to function the larger parties have to get the support of the smaller parties, which means they’re going to have to give in somewhere in terms of the smaller parties’ agenda, and this is really what leads to larger government spending.”
Jackson says electoral reform can affect fiscal policy, and that he wants to make sure that Canadians have all the information they possibly can ahead of a national conversation over how we elect our representatives.