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No clear winner under alternative voting system proposals

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Ian Harvey

Recent pledges to scrap the first-past-the-post voting system by federal leaders Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair probably won’t face any constitutional challenges, but they may require more political capital than either is willing to ultimately risk.

The debate swirls around proposals by both parties to introduce an alternative voting system for federal elections as soon as possible after the Oct. 19 vote this year.

“There doesn’t seem to be any constitutional issue, though it depends on what they want to change,” noted Toronto lawyer Marvin Huberman,...