Commissioned Ridings: Designing Canada's Electoral Districts by John C. Courtney

By John C. Courtney

Where did the belief for nonpartisan constituency redistributions come from? What have been the primary purposes that Canada became to arm's-length commissions to layout its electoral districts? In Commissioned Ridings John Courtney addresses those questions by way of studying and assessing the readjustment procedure in Canada's electoral obstacles. Defining electoral districts as "representational development blocks," Courtney compares federal and provincial electoral readjustments within the final half the 20th century, exhibiting how parliamentarians and legislators, boundary commissions, courts, and individuals of most people debated representational rules to outline the needs of electoral redistricting in an more and more city, ethnically combined federal country reminiscent of Canada.

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Commissioned Ridings: Designing Canada's Electoral Districts

The place did the assumption for nonpartisan constituency redistributions come from? What have been the vital purposes that Canada became to arm's-length commissions to layout its electoral districts? In Commissioned Ridings John Courtney addresses those questions by means of reading and assessing the readjustment method in Canada's electoral barriers.

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The reverse will almost certainly be the case, given the demonstrated biases of the plurality electoral system. If legislative membership is to be chosen by the firstpast-the-post system, elections to smaller assemblies are more likely to produce a greater measure of distortion in converting votes into seats. 16 John A. Macdonald was the only Father of Confederation to have addressed publicly the issue of the size of Canada’s House of Commons. His preference was for a Commons larger than the one eventually decided upon for the 1867 election (181 members).

When the reform of one order of government is judged to have worked successfully, to have gained a measure of public approval, or to be appropriate to circumstances in other jurisdictions, a kind of institutional contagion comes into play. The “diffusion of innovations” studies in political science lend solid empirical support to Bryce’s comment. In both the United States and Canada reforms adopted in one jurisdiction characteristically have made their way into others. fm Page 36 Wednesday, April 11, 2001 5:02 PM 36 Commissioned Ridings Canadian experience with a number of electoral and representational reforms can also be explained by the diffusion of innovations theory.

A grandfather clause ensures that no province will receive fewer seats than it had at the 1976 redistribution or in the 33rd Parliament (1984–8), whichever is less. Together with the “senatorial floor” constitutional amendment of 1915 (subsequently entrenched in the Charter in 1982) which ensured that no province would have fewer mps than it had senators, these two special clauses had the effect in the redistribution of the 1990s of granting seven provinces a total of twenty seats more than to which their population entitled them.

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