Our first-past-the-post system allows whomever has the most votes in a riding to win a seat in Parliament. The Liberal party was elected in 2000 with 38 per cent of the vote, however they won 172 of the 301 seats, or 57 per cent of Parliament.
So, basically, 38% of 61% of us voted Liberal in the last election. I'd do the math, but it's still too early in the morning. :-)
With that majority government, one man, Jean Chretien, gets to wield 100% of the power. He rules his cabinet with an iron fist and his MPs must vote as he tells them to.
That should show you how hard it is for individual Canadians to have an impact up here.
But we aren't giving up!