Ontario voters express displeasure with first-past-the-post system

The Ontario election has prompted some residents in the province to raise concerns about the first-past-the-post electoral system  after premier-designate Doug Ford led his party to a majority mandate despite receiving approximately 40 per cent of the popular vote.

The first-past-the-post system includes a process that allows voters to select a party representative in each riding. The individual with the highest number of votes in each riding wins a seat in the legislature, even if they do not receive the majority of votes.

Once all the winners are tallied, the party that receives the most seats gets to hold power in government. This system is used both federally and provincially in Ontario.

One of the biggest complaints with the first-past-the-post system is that a candidate does not need over 50 per cent approval to win a riding. Here’s a look at what some people had to say about the system on Ontario’s election day:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned his electoral reform promise from his 2015 campaign, which would eliminate the first-past-the-post system. He recently told CBC News he would look into it again if other federal party leaders agreed to an alternate system.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said if he’s becomes prime minister, his party will get rid of the first-past-the-post system. Singh says he is a fan of the mixed-member proportional system, which allows voters to select a party they support and a second vote for a candidate in their riding. With this system, there is usually a level of support that has to be achieved in order to get a seat.