Lessons from the Tragedy of BC-STV

With the crushing defeat of BC-STV, electoral reform is dead in BC and
Canada. Here's the story and the lessons to be learned.

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1 comment:

"foglight" said...

Wayne Smith said...
Electoral reform is dead only until the next horribly distorted election result, which should be coming along right about the time of the next election.

As a result of the election just past, BC once again has a "majority" govenment that most people voted against.

Once again, most voters are "represented" by someone they voted against.

Once again, most MLAs "represent" mostly people who voted against them.

Citizens, mystified at why politicians just don't listen, continue to sense that their vote doesn't make a difference. Turnout hits an alltime low. Most people don't bother to vote.

Our current voting system doesn't work. It doesn't work in the literal and straightforward sense that it does not accurately translate the votes we cast into political representation in our legislatures.

Because most of our votes have absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, the outcome of every election is horribly distorted.

The people we vote for don't get elected, and the government we end up with is not the government we voted for.

As a result of the referendum campaign, thousands more people understand that our current voting system just doesn't work, and must be changed.

Once you get it, it's hard to forget it.

We need a fair voting system!

The problem hasn't gone away, and neither will we.

May 18, 2009 12:17 PM

"foglight" said...
Wayne, it's certainly very important that all good people keep on fighting the good fight. Sometime, somewhere, somehow something good will come from our collective efforts.

Cheers to you, and all who think as we do!

May 18, 2009 5:27 PM