Legault agrees to submit a project for a proportional voting

Legault s'engage à présenter un projet pour un scrutin proportionnel

The chief caquiste, François Legault, is committed Tuesday to present during the first year of a possible government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), a bill to establish a proportional representation in Quebec.

But attention: Mr. Legault does not support all the terms of a project developed by the Mouvement démocratie nouvelle. For him, the number of electoral divisions in québec must not exceed the 125 current.

Last week, the Parti québécois and Québec solidaire have further supported that the QCA the details of the method of proportional representation proposed by the Movement for democracy news in a report unveiled by The Sun, which will be officially released to the public in some time.

The Parti québécois and Québec solidaire are willing to accept that a project of law ad hoc to be presented by the next government about 90 days after the next elections. And as the number of seats in the national Assembly going from 125 to 126, 127 or 128.

The Mouvement démocratie nouvelle considers that the parliament of quebec should have more seats than the 125 current to ensure a better match between the votes received by the parties and their representation in the blue Room.

According to the report, each voter would have two votes with this mode of voting is contemplated for 2022. The first would be used to elect a constituency from such or such a political formation, as is currently the case, and the second, to choose a party.

There would be 75 seats to be allocated in the first vote and fifty seats would be with the second. These seats, known as compensation, would be awarded to candidates from regional lists established by the parties.

Another policy

The caquiste François Legault has taken the commitment to introduce a bill during the first 12 months of a government caquiste, but it does not go so far as to promise that the next October election will be the last to be held under the mode of “first-past-the-round” — even if his party takes power.

It ensures that it is what he wants and believes that this objective is feasible, but he adds that not everything depends on him, since the legislative proposal that would be drafted, besides the fact that it should receive the support of at least half of the members of the national Assembly — should be subject to a public consultation and the Directeur general des elections du Quebec would then need two years to put in place.

Mr. Legault said that he was satisfied that proportional voting “will change the political face of Quebec”. “Currently, we have an approach that is much too polarized. It was “good”, “bad” […]. When the government is coming out with a idea, people of the opposition feel obliged to oppose.”

“With a proportional voting, there will be more minority governments. It will require governments to agree with another party to bring forward some of the folders, some projects of law.”

The young liberals agree?

After having flirted with this idea for years, the liberal Party of Quebec rejects the prospect of proportional voting. The government Couillard said to have found that any consensus is difficult to obtain on this subject. He reiterated that the vote first-past-the-round” has the advantage of providing a “stable governments”.

The chairman of the youth Commission of the Quebec liberal Party, Stéphane Stril, it is said, however open to the idea of exploring the avenue of an election based on proportional representation. It does not oppose an end of inadmissibility. It is even possible that this matter be discussed at the annual convention of the young liberals, in the month of August.

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