There are several proportional representation models and each one can be adapted to the realities of one’s country. The NDP believes it is essential that citizens maintain a direct link with their Member of Parliament. That is why we think that the electoral system called “mixed-member proportional representation” is ideal for Canada.
In this system, electors fill out a ballot that contains two choices: (1) the voters mark a ballot for the member who will represent their riding, as in the current system and (2) they vote for an additional regional member. The latter is chosen among a list of regional candidates provided by each party. The seats in the House of Commons would be attributed to the parties according to the number of riding members elected, and regional members are selected according to the percentage of votes obtained.