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 provincial election, the winning party was supported by only 21% of voters but was awarded 53% of the seats – a majority government Nova Scotians did not vote for. Also, about half of all votes were wasted votes – votes that elected no one and are not represented in the legislature. 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 a referendum, similar to the process used in British Columbia."
As part of the Atlantica Party's Political Revolution, a reformed electoral system will make elections fair and encourage voters to participate in elections.
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The Atlantica Party was established in 2006 to promote a political revolution in Nova Scotia to fix our broken political system and empower the voter. It is the only political alternative committed to making Nova Scotia a "have" province.