Thursday, October 11, 2007

On Electoral Reform ...

If you've been living under a rock, then you probably have not heard that the referendum to select the mixed member proportional (MMP) electoral system in Ontario has failed. This is extremely disappointing to me, but not so much that I feel I will give up on pushing for electoral reform in Ontario or Canada.

I think though, it will be some time before we see a real proposal for electoral reform in Ontario again. There is no advantage for either the Ontario Liberals or the Ontario Progressive Conservatives to pursue it.

There are just too many flaws with first-past-the-post (FPTP) to simply fix it - it simply does not work.

I truly believe that some form of proportional representation is the right direction to move in. It makes sense to me that if a group, however it collects itself, should receive a certain percentage of the vote, they should receive the same percentage of legislative weight - regardless of how I feel about their policies.

I haven't done a lot of reading on single transferable voting systems - but, it seems to me that a system where you have to vote for a second or third choice just seems wrong, somehow. I probably will read more into it.

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