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Stat 296 Fall 2007 Elections to the provincial legislature, as with all provincial and federal elections in Canada, are decided by a method of voting known as first-past-the-post. The province is divided into a number of constituencies (currently there are 58) and in each consitutency voters can vote for their local Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). The party who elects the most MLAs is then asked to form government. One common critique of the FPTP system is that is leads to an unfair advantage for the “winning” party. That is, in comparison with their percentage of popular vote, they control a disproportionately high percentage of the seats. Therefore, we will attempt to address the following question: How does percentage of popular vote in Saskatchewan elections translate into percentage of seats in the provincial legislature? The data were collected from: http://www.elections.sk.ca/history.php Twenty-Fifth Provincial General Election (November 5, 2003) Party % of vote # elected Liberal 14.18 0 New Democratic Party 44.68 30 Saskatchewan Party 39.35 28 Twenty-Fourth Provincial General Election (September 16, 1999) Party % of vote # elected Liberal 20.15 4 New Democratic Party 38.73 29 Saskatchewan Party 39.61 25 Twenty-Third Provincial General Election (June 21, 1995) Party % of vote # elected Liberal 34.70 11 New Democratic Party 47.21 42 Progressive Conservative 17.92 5 Twenty-Second Provincial General Election (October 21, 1991) Party % of vote # elected Liberal 23.29 1 New Democratic Party 51.05 55 Progressive Conservative 25.54 10 Twenty-First Provincial General Election (October 20, 1986) Party % of vote # elected Liberal 9.99 1 New Democratic Party 45.20 25
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  • Correlation and dependence, Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient, New Democratic Party

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