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Some highlights of Proportional Representation
What IS proportional representation anyway?
Catchy pop song explains how and why Pro Rep has been such a benefit to New Zealand since they switched to it in 1994:
I hope you’ll enjoy checking out these web pages – most are based on colorful graphic images except “About VotingBC”, and “Questions and Answers”, which has definitions of “First-Past-The-Post” and “Proportional Representation” among other things. On smartphones you’ll notice some of the graphics here are better viewed in landscape mode
In simple terms, proportional representation would give a legislature closer to the province-wide sentiment [and similarly federally]. It does this in a way that respects and includes almost every voter’s contribution. The democratic result is that almost every voter would have an MLA a bit closer to their own views.
But what is the practical result? In practice, it turns out that modern voting attracts better candidates, including significantly more women. Pro Rep gives more stable government policy and higher economic growth, by bringing in more consistent true-majority rule. There’s a bigger pie to share.
Thanks for visiting. Much of this factual info about Pro was prepared in advance of British Columbia’s 2018 referendum on modernizing BC’s voting system, but is still important for improving our democracy.
-Maxwell Anderson, Chair, VotingBC
[updated September 29, 2020]
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