Governance & Politics
June 25, 2018

NZ Prime Minister’s Experience With Proportional Representation

Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999-2008), a country that uses a form of proportional representation to elect its politicians.

So what happened? How was it? How bad was the vote-mageddon that we are sure to experience here in BC?

Stephen Quinn at the CBC interviews Ms. Clark, and you can listen HERE. It’s 8:40 in length.

Spoiler alert: She likes it. It worked. Things got done. People seemed to like the absence of “. . . one-party elected dictatorships . . .”, as occur regularly under first-past-the-post systems.

Vote-mageddon was not evident.

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Helen Clark was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008, during which time proportional representation was the electoral system used for the vote. (It still is.)

She’ll share her experiences in Vancouver on June 25, with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason.

WHEN: June 25, 2018 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville St, Vancouver

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More information about MMP, including a handy video, follows.

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