Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Atlantica Party will reform Nova Scotia’s electoral system and make elections fairer. With more than two parties competing in elections the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) system has broken down and no longer accurately reflects the wishes of Nova Scotians.
In the last province election, the winning party only achieved 45% of the votes but was awarded 65% of the seats – a majority government Nova Scotians did not vote for. Also more than half of all votes were wasted votes – votes which elected no one and hence are not represented in the legislature. The current Official Opposition party was not the runner up in the election but actually came third. This dysfunction is the main reason why barely one in two voters turnout in Nova Scotia. Just as FPTP discourages voting it also discourages independents from participating as they must beat not one, but many well financed candidates.
“We need a system that represents voters wishes much better but maintains the traditional link between candidate and constituency”, said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. “We would like to see a Citizen’s Assembly, independent from government, authorized to examine the problem and suggest a solution for referendum, similar to the process used in British Colombia.”
As part of Atlantica Party’s Democracy Revolution a reformed electoral system will make elections fair and encourage voters to participate in elections.
The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia’s newest registered political party. The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia's only political alternative committed to fixing Nova Scotia’s democracy and making Nova Scotia a have province.
The Atlantica Party’s Democracy Revolution is a comprehensive plan to fix Nova Scotia’s democracy and empower the voter.
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