More government spending could be on the way if Canada’s electoral system changes

The federal government plans to change the way Canadians elect their political representatives, and two of the five parties on the parliamentary committee investigating Canada’s options have expressed a preference for proportional representation (PR)—an electoral system which elects representatives based on the proportion of votes each party received.A change to PR, however, would likely lead to higher government spending.The reason for this is that PR systems tend to elect more parties to parliament, resulting in fewer majority governments and more coalition governments.This result can be seen in the table below. From 2000 to 2015, elections in industrialized countries with PR

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