“A recent Environics poll, backing up a decade of such polls, showed an all-time high of 76% of Canadians support proportional representation for Canadian elections.” — Fair Vote Canada
But on closer inspection, most of this is soft support:
|Depends on PR type||6%|
The big question is: how will this soft support hold up under fierce attacks from the corporate media and business community during a campaign?
Canadian PR Referendums
|Yes: adopt STV (PR)||58%|
|No: keep FPP||42%|
|Yes: adopt MMP (PR)||36%|
|No: keep FPP||64%|
|Yes: adopt MMP (PR)||37%|
|No: keep FPP||63%|
|Yes: adopt STV (PR)||39%|
|No: keep FPP||61%|
In most of the referendums, FPP won by a super-majority. No doubt, these referendums were highly corrupt and designed to fail. But it's clearly delusional to think 70% of Canadians will vote for PR it in a federal referendum.
We need to be more realistic in order to build the solid grassroots support required for bringing PR to Canada.