by Guy Dugas (updated October 7)
What kind of electoral system allows a Doug Ford, who’s PCs captured 61% of the seats in the Ontario legislature with only 41% of the votes? Or, more recently, François Legault’s CAQ to capture 59% of the seats in Quebec with only 37% of the votes? Well, the same electoral system that put Trump in the White House: First Past the Post (FPP). Most democracies in the world actually have turned thumbs down on FPP (e.g. New Zealand in 1996) in favour some form of proportional representation; that is, where seats in parliament are allocated in proportion to the votes cast. What a novel idea…
So why am I writing this? Simple. My wife and I retired to BC in 2016. And, guess what’s happening here this fall? BC’s Attorney General, David Eby, has promised a provincial referendum on electoral reform. Some claim it’s not clear that voters will understand why it’s needed.
Look east and south! I rest my case.
Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed. I’ll keep you posted.
December 20, 2018.
The people have spoken. For the third time in 13 years, BC voters have rejected electoral reform. With over 61% choosing to stay with the first-past-the-post system, it is sadly time to rest my case for good.