February 19, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My hon. friend appeals to me in reference to this point. I may say that I do not agree that proportional representation will necessarily lead to group government; I am inclined to think as matters stand it would strengthen the traditional parties. Everyone elected under the system of proportional representation has to get a majority of the votes cast for the candidates entitled to election. I think the effect in our country would be quite the opposite of what my hon. friend expects.

Topic:   PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN MULTIMEMBER CONSTITUENCIES
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