We cannot understand the American election system.
Neither can they.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 12 February 2016 at 14:10
We understand the differences between us.
Prime Ministers are not elected at large. The leader of the party elected becomes Prime Minister
of the country.
The leader can be elected leader without holding an elected seat but can't effectively be Prime Minister without holding a seat . So if the leader elected doesn't have a seat ,he has to persuade another elected representative to give up his seat so the leader can be the leader.
Candidate nomination requires party approval as well as a membership vote at the riding level.
A member can be expelled from a party by the leader if they breach caucus discipline or bring discredit to the party. It happens. They continue to hold the seat until the next election. Although they no longer represent the riding, they cannot be compelled to resign.
A leadership convention can be called if a leader loses the confidence of the party. The convention is called by the leader.
Parties set the rules for leadership conferences.
There are no term limits for Prime Minister.
In the States, there's a tendency to assassinate Presidents and maybe a Governor or two.
We don't do that.
Also in the States, they campaign for the presidency in every state. Delegates are assigned. Some are gifted.
But on election day, registered voters also cast ballots. Not everyone gets registered. Not sure how that works. Votes are counted, excitement is intense.
It seems one thing we have in common ,is difficulty making amendments to the constitution.
In Canada ,every Province must support the amendment. Except,I think ,Quebec.
See...it's so much simpler in Canada. it's probably why we find the American system complicated.