Ready for another protracted saga of political gutter-sniping? Step back, YIMBY-NIMBY housing types, you just had your fun.
It’s time to fix the way votes are cast and counted in this province. (And no, you don’t have time to chug a Red Bull.)
Although the campaign period for the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform began way back on Canada Day — and the online debate has been both fulsome and animated — it was also largely outshouted by the municipal election campaigns.
No more. Today, Elections BC is mailing ballots to all BC residents of voting age and six months’ residency, with a closing date of November 30th on the question of preference — stick to First Past the Post as our voting system, or switch to one of three models of Proportional Representation?
The Elections BC voting guide is here; if you live near Judi Tyabji, or for some other reason don’t get your ballot in the mail in the next week or two, you can visit a Referendum Service office to get a paper ballot.
Our take? Others have done their homework, so we won’t rewrite the wheel just yet.
Case in point: this article by self-described Sightline Institute wonk Kristin Eberhard on the benefits of one PR model in particular, Mixed Member Proportional, spotted in the wild by Price Tags contributor Tom Durning:
In BC, ten of its past twelve elections under the FPTP system resulted in a party taking the lion’s share of power in the Legislative Assembly with less than a majority of votes. FPTP is vulnerable to extremist takeovers. Switching to MMP would protect the province against extremists taking charge.
The article is one of 73 in her series “Archaic Election Methods Cripple Democracy”. Yes, you read that right — 73 articles, all by Eberhard in the last three-plus years, on getting screwed at the ballot box and how to avoid it.
The best way? Vote PR.
Here are some cartoons.