A Working Minority? What the minority government of the 38th Parliament can teach about proposals for electoral reform

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Author: Paul Thomas

This paper was the winner of the 2006 Alf Hales research award, handed out each year to the best paper on the parliamentary system written by a Parliamentary Intern. The study evaluates proposals for electoral reform by using the minority government of the 38th Parliament as a test case for how Canada’s political system might be affected should the country adopt a system of proportional representation, and consequently increase the frequency of minority governments.

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