Tuesday, April 21, 2009

STV: Should we apply it to the federal level?

Yet again, the Single Transferable Vote is being proposed in a referendum along with the provincial elections in BC. Single Transferable vote is a system seeking to create representation that better reflects the popular vote.

Since this question keeps recurring at the provincial level here in BC, why is it not surfacing at the federal level? STV, in its current format, is better designed for the federal level than the BC provincial level. This is the case because STV is designed to provide a voice to smaller parties, and ensure that they can compete against the usual powers. At the BC level, we only have two parties that have held seats in the Legislative Assembly. Whereas at the federal level, we have the BQ, the Conservatives, the Liberals and the NDP.

Surely STV would be even more effective at the federal level. Thoughts?
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1 comment:

  1. I'd like to see MPs elected with a majority of (transferable) votes and a Senate apportioned via PR. We have to take away from the PM the exclusive power to appoint Senators!!! I'd even consider allowing MPs to elect the GG, so that in a minority Parliament the GG is not the PM's puppet!


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