What’s Wrong With How We Vote?
Listen to Andrew Coyne’s humorous explanation of how our current voting system fails to deliver even the basics of what we think our democracy should look like. His punch line?
In sum, the present system allows the minority to rule over the majority, it gives some voters many times the voting power of others, it denies many voters the right to vote for the party of their choice, and wastes the vote of many others. Oh, and it almost killed the country a couple of times besides. Other than that, it’s a pretty good system.Andrew Coyne, 2016
If a party’s candidates only win 40% of the vote, they shouldn’t win all the power – 40% of the vote should mean 40% of the seats. You should never have to hold your nose and not vote for your preferred candidate, just because you’re worried about someone else you like less getting in. And no matter where you live in BC, you shouldn’t be shut out of government, the way the Interior is now. It’s time for your vote to really count, to make politicians more accountable to you. It’s time for a proportional voting system that will make sure all voices are included in government.
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