Gerald Skoning sings the praises of Canada’s electoral system and thinks we should adopt it where it concerns our presidential elections.
Having had first hand experience with Canada’s electoral system, there is much to admire about it. However, Skoning ignores is that it is a parliamentary system which does not directly elect the Prime Minister.
Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada because Canadian voters elected more Tories to the House of Commons than any other party in the 2011 election. This October, if Canadians elect a majority of Liberals or New Democrats then either Justin Trudeau or Thomas Mulcair will become Prime Minister.
It’s true that voters might choose a political party because they like its leader, but they are voting for the person nominated in their riding.
If anything, Canada is coming closer to our electoral system through its adoption of fixed election dates at both the federal and provincial level. Until very recently, an election could be called at any time within five years. Now Canadians have a better idea when they are going to the polls although there is still some leeway. Jim Prentice found this out the hard way when he called a provincial election in Alberta a year early. This would result in the Tories being tossed out of office in favor of the NDP after 44 years in power.
Adopting Canada’s electoral system won’t be feasible unless we adopt a parliamentary system. Keep in mind that the Canadian parliament has it bills signed into law by the Governor General who is the Queen’s representative. Last I checked, there was a revolution started here because of a monarch.