Under a ranked-ballot system, voters select candidates in order of preference. Ballots are tallied by counting all the first choices. If a candidate gets more than half the votes, they win.
But if no one has a majority, the candidate with fewest votes is eliminated and the second-choice votes on those ballots are tallied until there’s an outright winner.
Del Duca’s speech acknowledges that the Liberals have a complicated history with promises of electoral reform.
In opposition, Justin Trudeau promised the 2015 federal election
would be the last one held under the first-past-the-post winner-take-all system, which enables parties to win majority governments with perhaps 40 per cent support.
But in 2017, Trudeau broke his campaign pledge
, claiming no consensus has been found on an alternative voting system.
Former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty also pledged electoral reform, culminating in a 2007 provincial referendum that saw a complicated mixed-member proportional representation system
“I suspect I know what you’re thinking: other leaders have promised a lot on electoral reform and they haven’t delivered. So I want to make it clear how strongly I feel about my commitment,” says Del Duca’s speech.
That’s why if he doesn’t “deliver electoral reform in my first term,” he would resign.
“We’ll also appoint a citizen’s assembly that will be empowered to review additional potential changes to our electoral system and make recommendations to an all-party committee for consideration and action,” the speech continues.
Del Duca’s address calls for four televised leaders’ debates, and also makes a point of saying constructive things about his rival leaders.
“I’m going to acknowledge that my opponents have some good ideas. (Green Leader) Mike Schreiner recently released a housing plan that includes ideas that should be seriously considered,” the speech says.