What kind of electoral system allows a Doug Ford, who’s PCs just captured about 7% more votes than the NDP in Ontario this week, to end up with 90% more seats in the legislature? Well, the same one that put Trump in the White House: first past the post. Most democracies in the world actually favour some type 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.