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Ok, so it’s only Day 1 of the election, but I’ve got work to do and needed to procrastinate, so I spent the last 20 minutes making this pie chart.

I make it all by myself, using official information from Elections Canada. In order to make the number of seats work out to 308, I had to first eliminate the votes for parties that earned less than half a seat, calculate the new percent of the popular vote, calculate how many seats that would be, and round to the nearest whole number.

Clearly if proportional representation was ever really put in gear, it wouldn’t work like that, and it probably wouldn’t go for all 308 seats in the House of Commons, but I think it gives a pretty good idea. We’d still have had a Liberal Minority, but the NDP would have been able to have a lot more power with 49 seats as opposed to the 19 seats they actually got. And the Green Party, Marijuana Party, and Christian Heritage Party (!?) would actually get some seats for themselves too. Who knew? The other three parties all lose seats, but I think that’s just fine.

The hardest part would be figuring out who would get that independent seat… although I suppose you wouldn’t really have had any independents running in this situation. Well, I think that seat should be determined by a random lottery of everybody who voted. That could be a pretty cool incentive, actually….

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