What do the three Proportional Representation systems look like?
I get asked this most days. The answer is, it’s impossible to know. The government is asking you to vote on incomplete, unexplained systems.
Elections BC has published its descriptions of the three systems. You’ll see how much work remains to be done. How many MLAs per riding? How will the second riding MLA be appointed (dual member proportional)? How will the regional MLAs be appointed (mixed member proportional)? One thing is certain, many of your local representatives will be chosen not by you, but in the back rooms of political parties.
Riding maps are missing entirely. When the STV maps were published in 2009, people were so horrified that STV was trounced. No maps this time, to prevent that problem.
At No BC Proportional Representation, we think that voting on undefined systems is a high-risk proposition.
PR takes power away from voters and gives it to political parties, creates a lack of accountability and gives decision making to the back rooms. Our current system is simple, stable and successful and there is no reason to change it.