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Reform of the voting system

The idea of reforming the voting system in Québec is not new and the subject has often come up in the news or been the focus of various studies since the 1960s. The outcomes of some general elections which resulted in numbers of elected members that did not correspond to the votes cast, particularly in 1966, 1970 and 1998, have fueled debates and served as motivation for those calling for a reform of the voting system.

To consult a short history of the reform of the voting system in Québec, you can refer to the report produced by the Directeur général des élections du Québec and entitled Les modalités d'un mode de scrutin mixte compensatoire (in French) (pages 7 to 12).

The Commission de la représentation électorale (in 1984) and the Directeur général des élections du Québec (in 2007) have prepared reports dealing with hypotheses for reforming the voting system.

Readers can consult the report of the CRE, Pour un mode de scrutin équitable - La proportionnelle territoriale, made public on March 28, 1984.

The report of the Directeur général des élections du Québec, Characteristics of a Compensatory Mixed Member Voting System, made public on December 21, 2007, may also be consulted.

A summary of this report is also available.

It is also possible to consult the press releases distributed when the report was released:

Press release no. 1 - The Directeur général des élections du Québec makes public his report on the compensatory mixed member voting system and other related questions  >>

Press release no. 2 - Characteristics of the compensatory mixed system: the Chief Electoral Officer illustrates different options >>

Press release no. 3 - The Chief Electoral Officer examines various ways of dividing the territory within the context of a compensatory mixed system >>

Press release no. 4 - The Chief Electoral Officer evaluates the incentive measures aiming to ensure a better representation of women and ethnocultural minorities >>

Press release no. 5 - The Chief Electoral Officer proposes that general elections be held on a Sunday and believes that fixed-date elections offer certain advantages >>