Our friend Russell McOrmond has previously outlined the electoral success of the Pirate Party in the European Parliament.
A fundamental difference between the electoral system of the European Parliament and Canada's Parliament is the electoral system for the lower house. Each European country has its own way of electing members of the Parliament, with the restriction that "The system must be a form of proportional representation, under either the party list or Single Transferable Vote system." (Wikipedia article).
Copyright reformers in Canada would have much better representation if we had a form of proportional representation to elect our members of Parliament. In a previous posting on this blog, I outlined how pro-copyright reform parties were under-represented in parliament, while those supporting traditional forms of cultural production were over-represented in parliament. In the 2008 election, 51% of votes were systematically discarded because of the way First-Past-The-Post, our current electoral system, translates votes into seats.
Copyright reformers should join Fair Vote Canada.
If you are interested in changing the electoral system, make sure to join Fair Vote Canada.
Update: In an article posted on zeropaid.com, Jake Daynes of the Pirate Party said "In terms of Proportional Representation, we are very much in support of the idea, and realize that with the help of a PR voting system, both the Green Party and the PPoC would stand a much better chance to erect change inside our government."