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In its Throne Speech Friday September 8, the new NDP government of B.C. promised a referendum on electoral reform, in the autumn of 2018.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a similar commitment. The 2015 election, he declared, would “the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post system.”
It proved harder to replace than he had expected.
Until I see the exact wording of the planned NDP referendum, I can’t tell you how I would vote.
If the question asks, “Do you want to replace the present first-past-the-post voting system?” I would unhesitatingly vote “Yes.” But if the question asks, “Do you want to replace the present voting system with a proportional voting system?” I would have to vote “No.”
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: Voting systems, preferential ballots, transferable votes, proportional voting, Conservative Party