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Voting Tables British Columbia 39th Provincial General Election Political party Votes received (valid) Percentage of popular vote Candidates elected BC Liberal Party 751,661 45.82 49 BC NDP 691,564 42.15 35 BC Conservative Party 34,451 2.10 0 Green Party of BC 134,616 8.21 0 Independent 17,253 1.05 1 Other affi liations 10,997 0.67 0 Total 1,640,542 100 85 Source: Elections BC This page intentionally left blank

CHAPTER TEN VOTING 1 THIS STUDY thus far has largely been concerned with the influence of the private member of Parliament on policy formation in both his party and his parliamen- tary activities. It may well be asked at this point whether the M.P. has any direct means of exercising power. The most obvious formal power which he possesses is his ability to cast his vote for or against the legislation which passes through the House. However, party discipline in the New Zealand Parliament is so strong that the occasion is rare indeed when everyone present does not

Voting tables Canada, 40th General Election, 4 October 2008 Political Party Votes Received (valid) Percentage of Popular Vote Candidates Elected Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada 527 – – Bloc Québécois 1,379,991 10.00 49 Canadian Action Party 3,455 0.02 – Christian Heritage Party of Canada 26,475 0.20 – Communist Party of Canada 3,572 – – Conservative Party of Canada 5,209,069 37.70 143 First Peoples National Party of Canada 1,611 – – Green Party of Canada 937,613 6.80 – Liberal Party of Canada 3,633,185 26.30 77 Libertarian Party of

Canadian Women and Politics
Reassessing Canada's Electoral System

Chapter Five How People Vote Once electors are included in the electoral register and candidates have been nominated, the electoral administration is ready to organize what is regarded as the most important and visible democratic endeavour: polling day. Each year, millions of electors go to the polls to elect presi- dents and those representatives who will sit in parliaments and enact legislation. The need to ensure efficiency at the polls requires logistical efforts that are carefully organized and supervised by the electoral administration. This chapter

port for the United States in the Cuban crisis. Pearson described the situation as grave. Thompson and Herridge also spoke. The prime minister made a further report on Monday 29 October stating that the Soviets were going to dismantle their missile sites in Cuba. The news was received with relief by Pearson, Patterson (for Social Credit), and Herridge. The Cuban missile crisis had, while it lasted, a sobering effect on Parliament. The second vote of confidence On 2 November 1962, the election of Tommy Douglas in a by-election in Burnaby-Coquitlam in

CHAPTER VIII NOMINATING AND VOTING PROCEDURE FEW topics of legislation have received so much attention in Canada as the various devices and procedures which Canadian Parliamentarians have provided for their own election. As a tool for winning battles and for distributing petty patronage throughout the entire Dominion, the electoral machinery has been a continual temptation to the unscrupulous to seek party advantage by tinkering with it. It is, in addition, one subject in which every member of the House of Commons not only has an immediate interest, but

The first vote of confidence In opening the debate on the Speech from the Throne, Pearson said it was the duty of the leader of the Opposition to move a vote of want of confidence since 63 per cent of the voters in the election had declared they had no confidence in the government, in its policies, and its leadership. If his motion was rejected by the House, he agreed that the government would have a mandate to introduce its legislative and other proposals. He promised the Liberal Opposition would consider those proposals on their merits exactly as if

Chapter Five How Members Vote I begin my empirical investigation of how MPs vote by looking at the determi- nants of legislative voting in Parliament. The focus of this chapter is related to the main objective of this book, which is to determine what factors explain the growth of partisanship in Parliament over time. I conduct this analysis at the level of individual members to verify whether or not existing theories of party support are relevant in the Canadian context. These theories, outlined in chap- ter 3, are linked to the following three sets of