If we want effective representation then we need to vote for effective representation.

The Reform Act was a good fist step in turning Canada towards a true representational democracy but, until people really understand just what they are voting for, not much will change. People think we vote for a leader or a party or a policy but elections are really about selecting the best representative possible - for everyone. By not focusing on effective representation, we are taking our power away from our representatives and giving it to something else. That's why it appears like our vote doesn't count sometimes. Democracy is about building consensuses that satisfy the greatest number of people possible. It's not about having one idea dominate the agenda and ignoring the concerns of the minorities. The best representative is the best representative for the entire community and not the champion of your ideals.


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