Canada Proves That It Has Election Flaws As Well
In the U.S., the 2000 election problems in Florida are now a part of flawed election history. 57,746 voters placed on a felon "scrub list", that were not verified by the use of social security numbers to properly identify whether the exact identity of the name on the ballot, where all with the same name were denied the right to vote. The infamous "butterfly ballot" where many elderly votes accidently voted for Pat Buchanan, instead of Al Gore. "Hanging chads", where the hole on the ballot failed to completely punch through. Election workers failing to count some ballots because of some problems of assigning the ballot to the wrong districts. U.S. serviceperson ballots that were doctored with missing information by election officials and nasty lawsuits with frayed nerves and anger. All of this compounded by the continued reliance on antiquated electoral college, which amplified all the little election problems in Florida and made the vote in this single state vital to the election outcome.
Well, not only the U.S. is about to hold a flawed election. In Canada, the Conservative Party was able to capture just a mere 36.25% of the votes, yet is able to rule 100% of Canadians. Left leaning parties such as the Liberal Party, the socialist New Democratic Party, many in the French separtist Bloc Quebecois, and the Green Party were still the vast majority of Canadian voters, yet are unable to form a government in Canada. Instead the Conservative Party can now set social and economic policy in Canada for 100% of Canadians, despite only winning just over a third of the vote. Is this democracy?