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Review of Electoral Systems

On April 23, 1999, the Advisory Committee of Registered Political Parties, which is chaired by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, conducted a review of electoral systems and their potential implications for Canada.

Three Canadian political scientists were invited to present papers. Professor André Blais (Département de science politique, Université de Montréal) addressed the criteria for assessing electoral systems. Professor John C. Courtney (Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan) reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of plurality-majority systems. Professor Heather MacIvor (Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science, University of Windsor) reviewed proportional and semi-proportional electoral systems.

The full version of these three papers follows:

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