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Vote splitting is an electoral effect in which the distribution of votes among multiple similar candidates reduces the chance of winning for any of the similar candidates, and increases the chance of winning for a dissimilar candidate.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray and NDP Deputy leader Megan Leslie debate this question on CBC.
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We sometimes forget that democracy is still evolving and that our electoral system can pregress as well. With more parties involved a more represtational approach can be taken.
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