Mr. Anderson, interim leader of the BC Conservatives, is staying out of the electoral reform debate because he feels the issue should be non-partisan. He’s right. This is about democracy.
What is democracy? The simple answer is one person, one vote, majority rules. But what if the system you use keeps putting a minority in charge of the majority? What if for some regions it’s actually one person 1.1 votes? Would you feel the system was broken? That’s the broken system we have now under FPTP.
All of the ProRep alternatives keep the 1.1 votes per person for the interior. They try to fix the problem of having a minority govern over the majority (40% of the vote gets 100% of the power). They also try to prevent another wrong winner scenario. In 1996 the NDP won a majority government with fewer votes than the Liberals. Is your commitment to democracy to say that you don’t care if the system is unfair, as long as it’s always unfair in your favor?
Democracy means that sometimes you lose. Democracy is also about listening to all sides before voting. It’s not meant to be a hammer to punish your enemies. We are working hard to fix a broken system. It’s old and fragile and mere hundreds of votes can completely change the course of the government.
Quebec has proved that FPTP is little better than a coin toss at determining the outcome of an election (37.7% = 100% of the power). Help us fix the system before we have another wrong winner. Let’s change the system to bring stability to our voting process.